Definition of put someone in his (or her) place in US English:

put someone in his (or her) place


  • Deflate or humiliate someone regarded as being presumptuous.

    • ‘He then claims that he was put in his place by Maggie, the writer's aunt, who ran a shop in the town.’
    • ‘He wasn't surprised that his father had grabbed her with the intention of putting her in her place.’
    • ‘If that doesn't put her in her place, don't waste time mixing it up with her.’
    • ‘He figures in a walk-on role in the drama of the Nathadwara artists, one of whom he appears to have crushed by decisively putting him in his place.’
    • ‘That was a bit harsh perhaps, but I could not resist putting him in his place.’
    • ‘John's logic here is hardly unassailable, and the lass promptly puts him in his place by taking up with a married middle-aged bank manager.’
    • ‘I'm writing this article because I feel like I as a young Latino, I need to put him in his place.’
    • ‘There is one, for example, The Actress's Tale, in which a famous actress comes to York for Ascot and she is put in her place by the people of York.’
    • ‘Mike would immediately put him in his place for he did not suffer fools or their antics.’
    • ‘She says that, after an initial nervousness that the heckler is going to throw her off, the audience love her all the more for putting him in his place.’
    humiliate, take down a peg or two, deflate, crush, squelch, squash, humble, mortify, make someone eat humble pie, take the wind out of someone's sails
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