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 ?
Sitting in front of this picture, and staring gloomily at it, as being the only thing which he could stare at, was a small sallow-faced boy with a large head, who in the intervals of his art studies munched sedately at an apple.