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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Journalist Hasan Cemal tweeted, "The one who should really know his place is Erdoy-an, not Amberin Zaman.
Opening night begins at 7:00 PM and highlights include Paul Robeson's "The Emperor Jones" (1933), a highly criticized interracial collaboration between black and whites (black talent in front of the camera and white behind) and hailed as a strong depiction of a black man who refused to know his place in white society; "Body and Soul" (1925, silent) Robeson's film debut with African American director Oscar Micheaux and "Borderline" (1930, silent) a visually experimental silent feature.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an has once again slammed Judge Hacy HE-seyin Bolat for ruling to release six police officers involved in a case regarding a stop and search of National Intelligence Organization (MyT) trucks in Adana, asserting that "everyone should know his place.