be not (one's) place (to do something)

(redirected from isn't his place)

be not (one's) place (to do something)

To not have the authority in one's role or status to do or say something. I know you're just trying to help, Mom, but it's not your place to discipline my kids. I know you're worried about your brother's marriage, but it's not your place to tell him how to live his life.
See also: not, place
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

not one's place

not one's role to do something. It was not my place to criticize my boss. It was not Bill's place to ask the questions; it's my project.
See also: not, place
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
It isn't his place. It hurts him to think that the girl he loved has grown old.
Reviewers would love Reed to keep to his supposed place as an African-American novelist, but it isn't his place and he's never stopped there long enough to do more than kick down the fences around the plot.