cut (someone or something) down to size(redirected from cut one down to size)
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.
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.
cut someone down to sizedeflate someone's exaggerated sense of self-worth. informal
cut somebody down to ˈsizeshow that somebody is less important than they seem or think: Failing his exams has certainly cut him down to size.
cut (someone) down to size
To deflate the self-importance of (someone).