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Put in their place

DEFINITION

Scold. Puncture someone’s ego.  Bring down to earth.  Reprimand someone. Remind someone of their lowly position in spite of their self-important manners. (Compare to Catch hell, Tongue-lashing, Tell-off, Send to the woodpile or Rake over the coals.)

“The new manager acted like a king, but when the owner returned from vacation he put the manager in his place.”

 

 

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