knock (someone) down a peg (or two)

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knock (someone) down a peg (or two)

To reduce or damage someone's ego or pride; to humble or humiliate someone. I'm really glad that pompous oaf lost his court case—maybe that will knock him down a peg or two. It's about time that someone knocked Sarah down a peg. Her snotty arrogance is intolerable!
See also: down, knock, peg
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England captain Strauss, who had a recent Champions Trophy run-in with Smith, said: "When you are top of the tree everyone is hunting you so hopefully this is a chance to knock them down a peg or two.