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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Bausch has noted, stories define our humanity, lend identity to tribes and nations, ask our questions, pose our problems, cut us down to size and dangle mystery before our eyes (Touching the Heart, Twenty-Third Publications, 2009).
Now that clubs know we are the real business they'll be out to cut us down to size.
We may act like it, we may often write like it, but when it comes down to it we know that whatever we write, some clever-clogs can hit the "comment" button and cut us down to size.
It was a statement that was intended to cut us down to size, but the evidence is that he would not be belittle us in quite the same way today.