Definition of take (or bring) someone down a peg or two in English:

take (or bring) someone down a peg or two

phrase

  • Make someone realize that they are less talented or important than they think they are.

    ‘good to see United taken down a peg or two last evening’
    • ‘That's when you want to take him down a peg or two.’
    • ‘These things, no matter how awful or how great, can really take us down a peg or two.’
    • ‘Nothing makes for taking you down a peg or two like public humiliation.’
    • ‘And Davis, who is back in the world's top 16 after an absence of some years, has his own personal reason for wanting to take Williams down a peg or two.’
    • ‘But having puffed us up to bursting point the agency then decided to take us down a peg or two.’
    • ‘But in the long run, it's a good hurt, because it takes you down a peg or two and reminds you what you're supposed to be doing in the first place.’
    • ‘Well if we take him down a peg or two, then at least they'll get the chance to do what they want instead of him telling them what to do all the time.’
    • ‘No matter how good you think you are, horses will always take you down a peg or two.’
    • ‘She wanted to know what this boy was all about, and take him down a peg or two, if at all possible.’
    • ‘I might take him down a peg or two, you know, as a Christmas present.’
    humble, humiliate, mortify, bring down, take down, bring low, demean, show up, shame, put to shame, make ashamed, discomfit, disgrace, discredit, downgrade, debase, degrade, devalue, dishonour, embarrass, put someone in their place, make a fool of, chasten, subdue, get the better of, have the last laugh on, abash, abase, crush, squash, quash, deflate, flatten, make someone eat humble pie
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