cut (someone or something) down to size

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cut (someone or something) down to size

1. To criticize one in an attempt to deflate their ego. A: "That guy always dominates the class discussion with his rambling, inane thoughts like he's some genius." B: "I know! It's time to cut him down to size."
2. To minimize the importance of something. We need to cut the board down to size before they continue their pattern of overreach.
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cut someone down to size

COMMON If you cut someone down to size, you do or say something which shows that they are less important or impressive than they think they are. It is time the big bosses were cut down to size. They are the ones to blame for much of the country's economic misery. If he starts bragging he'll soon be cut down to size by the women in this office.
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cut someone down to size

deflate someone's exaggerated sense of self-worth. informal
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cut somebody down to ˈsize

show that somebody is less important than they seem or think: Failing his exams has certainly cut him down to size.
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cut (someone) down to size

To deflate the self-importance of (someone).
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But Big Josh, 26, scoffed at the suggestion and he will now try to cut him down to size, just as he did with his arch-rival Dillian Whyte back in December.
If Rohani signs a nuclear deal with the West, many in Iran see him gaining huge popularity--and that, analysts say, means Khamenehi will have to cut him down to size.
Erdogan's wildly inflated sense of his own importance underscores both the extent and the source of America's Turkey problem: The Obama Administration, as well as the Bush White House before it, has failed to cut him down to size.
am desperately tried to convince young singer Jessica Hammond to join his team by listing all the famous names he has worked with, but Jessie completely cut him down to size.
But Jessie quickly cut him down to size, saying: "I'm not going to sit here and say that stuff because I don't surround myself with yes men.
Thank God Tubridy cut him down to size (admittedly not very hard for a man who stands 5ft tall) and "withdrew" him from the interview.
King Kauto will lift the roof off Kempton if he lands a fourth consecutive King George, but it wouldn't be the biggest surprise if Barbers Shop owned by The Queen, cut him down to size.
But the Congress is planning to cut him down to size and ensure he does not grow larger than the party, like Y.
Dr Cox becomes egotistical at being named best doctor in the city, so Dr Kelso tries to cut him down to size.
And Napoleon at 5-foot-6 briefly ruled the world, until that Waterloo thing cut him down to size.
The media will get to him soon and feel it is their obligation to cut him down to size.
Owen won't be foolish enough to imagine that the hatchetmen have given up their quest to cut him down to size.
It is doubtful if a day has gone past since the New York match was made without somebody reminding the 6ft 7in challenger that Golota almost cut him down to size last November, flooring Grant twice before retiring in the tenth while ahead of on the judges' cards.
He was probably dancing with joy at the chance to outsmart the legislators once again while the legislators were eager to try to cut him down to size.
He was often 70 yards behind Henrik Sten-son off the tee in Dubai but cut him down to size with k his accuracy and [ superb putting.