know (one's) place

know (one's) place

To be aware of the limit of one's role in a particular place or situation. I know my place, so I don't bother the CEO when I see him around the office. I'm just an intern, after all.
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know one's place

to know the behavior appropriate to one's position or status in life. I know my place. I won't speak unless spoken to. People around here are expected to know their place. You have to follow all the rules.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

know one's place

Behave suitably for one's position, rank, or status. This idiom often has the sense of "to behave humbly, not criticize ones' superiors," as in Sorry, I know my place and I can't tell you more about my supervisor's plans. [Late 1500s] Also see put one in one's place.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

know your ˈplace

behave in a way that shows that you know what your social position is and which people are more important than you: My grandfather believed that life was simpler when he was young, when everybody knew their place.
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