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cut (someone or something) down to size

1. To criticize one in an attempt to deflate their ego. A: "That guy always dominates the class discussion with his rambling, inane thoughts like he's some genius." B: "I know! It's time to cut him down to size."
2. To minimize the importance of something. We need to cut the board down to size before they continue their pattern of overreach.
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cut (someone) down to size

To deflate the self-importance of (someone).
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A lesson to all politicians who think they can launch a charm offensive of their own choosing, only to be cut down to size by an experienced media person who instinctively knows there''s more to running the country than cracking jokes and patting babies on the head.