be put in (one's) place

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be put in (one's) place

To be humbled or have one's dignity lowered (by someone); to be made aware that one is not as important, respected, influential, etc., as one thinks. John was really put in his place by the teacher, who scolded him so harshly that he burst into tears. I'd say that the billionaire CEO has been put in his place after the guilty verdict at his trial.
See also: place, put
References in classic literature ?
I have ordered Safrano tea-roses to put in their place, as they all come out next month and are to be grouped in the grass; and the semicircle being immediately under the windows, besides having the best position in the place, must be reserved solely for my choicest treasures.