put someone in his or her place

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put someone in his or her place

  1. Rebuke someone, remind someone of his or her position, as in Alice is entirely too rude; it's time you put her in her place. The noun place here denotes one's rank or position. [Mid-1900s]

  2. Also, put oneself in someone's place. Imagine being someone else, as in Just put yourself in my placehow would you deal with it? [Mid-1600s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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