know (one's) place

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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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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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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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In a rally held as part of Erdoy-an's presidential election campaign in Malatya province, Erdoy-an attacked journalist Amberin Zaman, saying she should know her place. Erdoy-an accused Zaman, who had expressed the opinion that Justice and Development Party (AK Party) voters are not critical or questioning, of insulting Muslims and Islam.
Writing within the cultural context of ancient Samaria, Hendricks portrays a girl who was deemed not to "know her place" by the cultural standards of the time and who needed to be put back in line to command a suitable bride's price and spend her life bearing sons.