bring (one) down a peg (or two)(redirected from brought them down a peg or two)
bring (one) down a peg (or two)
To reduce or damage one's ego or pride; to humble or humiliate one. I'm really glad that pompous oaf lost his court case, maybe that will bring him down a peg or two. It's about time that someone brought Sarah down a peg. Her snotty rich-kid arrogance is intolerable!
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ˌbring/ˌtake somebody ˈdown a peg (or two)(informal) make somebody realize that they are not as good, important, etc. as they think they are: He didn’t win first prize after all. That’ll bring him down a peg or two. ♢ It’s time that somebody took that woman down a peg or two. She behaves as if she were the queen.
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