put somebody in their place

put (one) in (one's) place

To humble or lower the dignity of someone; to make someone aware that they are not as important, respected, influential, etc., as they think. The teacher really put John in his place, scolding him so harshly that he burst into tears. I hope this guilty verdict puts that rat of a CEO in his place.
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put somebody in their ˈplace

remind somebody forcefully of their real position in society or at work: That young man needs putting in his place. He behaves as if he were the manager here.
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