knock (one) down a peg (or two)

knock (one) down a peg (or two)

To reduce or damage one's ego or pride; to humble or humiliate one. I'm really glad that pompous oaf lost his court case—maybe that will knock him down a peg or two. It's about time that someone knocked Sarah down a peg. Her snotty arrogance is intolerable!
See also: down, knock, peg
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