know one's place

know (one's) place

To be aware of one's role in a particular place or situation. I know my place, so I don't bother the CEO when I see him around the office. I am just an intern, after all!
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know one's place

Behave suitably for one's position, rank, or status. This idiom often has the sense of "to behave humbly, not criticize ones' superiors," as in Sorry, I know my place and I can't tell you more about my supervisor's plans. [Late 1500s] Also see put one in one's place.
See also: know, place