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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The 25-year-old, who is renowned for his own aggressive approach, has no issue with the Steelmen's tactics and says he can't wait to cut them down to size.
If Rangers are to stun the Whites next month, it won't be the first time they've cut them down to size having beaten the club, then based in Belfast and known just as Distillery, in the first round of the County Antrim Shield way back in 1973/4.
Cut them down to size immediately and there should never be any attack on schools henceforth.
While none of them reveal the truth we did our homework to find out their approximate heights and cut them down to size.
THE bigger Newcastle Falcons' lead at the top of the RFU Championship becomes, the more their rivals unite in their desire for at least one of the chasing pack to cut them down to size.
Defender Gael Clichy reckons City will enjoy the challenge of other clubs trying to cut them down to size next season.
UNITED venture forth into the Land of the Giants this evening determined to cut them down to size.
Therefore to say that the Welsh would survive in "this small corner of the earth", meaning Wales, was to cut them down to size by implying they would never recover control over Britain.
I've abandoned a few too-large-to-move boulders, or used a sledgehammer to cut them down to size.
HAVING already proved that Pau aren't the supermen they were billed as, Bridgend will be looking to cut them down to size still further this evening.
England will be on a high, brimming with confidence, so we need to cut them down to size and get on top right from the start.
We get rough blocks of stone and cut them down to size using templates before we can start chiselling them into shape.
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Blame" it on the show's untiring "mission" to shoot down all puffedup public personalities and newsmakers, and cut them down to size with its rapler wit.