put someone in his place

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put someone in his place (third-person singular simple present puts someone in his place, present participle putting someone in his place, simple past and past participle put someone in his place)

  1. (transitive, idiomatic) Remind someone of his or her position.
  2. (idiomatic) To bring somebody down; to humble or rebuke.
    His quips at the party aimed to put the CEO in his place.