cut (someone or something) down to size

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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

COMMON If you cut someone down to size, you do or say something which shows that they are less important or impressive than they think they are. It is time the big bosses were cut down to size. They are the ones to blame for much of the country's economic misery. If he starts bragging he'll soon be cut down to size by the women in this office.
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cut someone down to size

deflate someone's exaggerated sense of self-worth. informal
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cut somebody down to ˈsize

show that somebody is less important than they seem or think: Failing his exams has certainly cut him down to size.
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cut (someone) down to size

To deflate the self-importance of (someone).
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Mr Ouko will leave office with memories of the many battles he fought to counter efforts to cut him down to size. Politicians tried cutting his office budget, infringed on his independence and went after his staff.
And while they've been loving seeing more of Brendan than expected, old pal James Jordan was quick to cut him down to size.
In the current anti-corruption purge, the man in the eye of the storm is Deputy President William Ruto, whose supporters are convinced the crackdown is politically motivated to cut him down to size over 2022 succession politics, rather than bona fide enforcement of criminal law.
To cut him down to size his power base has to be curtailed.
But Big Josh, 26, scoffed at the suggestion and he will now try to cut him down to size, just as he did with his arch-rival Dillian Whyte back in December.
If Rohani signs a nuclear deal with the West, many in Iran see him gaining huge popularity--and that, analysts say, means Khamenehi will have to cut him down to size.
Erdogan's wildly inflated sense of his own importance underscores both the extent and the source of America's Turkey problem: The Obama Administration, as well as the Bush White House before it, has failed to cut him down to size. The effects of treating Erdogan like a reasonable actor when he is clearly crazy are not only being felt by the people of Turkey, who have seen their democracy curdle into authoritarian one-man rule and their economic miracle turn into an oligarchical prison-house built on enormous mountains of debt.
During one exchange, Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am desperately tried to convince young singer Jessica Hammond to join his team by listing all the famous names he has worked with, but Jessie completely cut him down to size.
But Jessie quickly cut him down to size, saying: "I'm not going to sit here and say that stuff because I don't surround myself with yes men.
King Kauto will lift the roof off Kempton if he lands a fourth consecutive King George, but it wouldn't be the biggest surprise if Barbers Shop owned by The Queen, cut him down to size.
But the Congress is planning to cut him down to size and ensure he does not grow larger than the party, like Y.
Dr Cox becomes egotistical at being named best doctor in the city, so Dr Kelso tries to cut him down to size. Elliot's relationship with Keith becomes common knowledge.
The media will get to him soon and feel it is their obligation to cut him down to size. It will not be pretty.
Owen won't be foolish enough to imagine that the hatchetmen have given up their quest to cut him down to size.