put someone in their place

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

  1. To enlighten or punish through revenge or reproach
    • 2014, Daniel Taylor, England and Wayne Rooney see off Scotland in their own back yard (in The Guardian, 18 November 2014)[1]
      The response, culminating in Rooney finishing off a slick exchange of incisive, pass-them-to-death football, quickly put Scotland back in their place.

Verb[edit]

put someone in their place

  1. simple past tense and past participle of put oneself in someone's place