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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With the greatest of respect, I'm a football manager and I have to know my place. I do know my place.
It is perhaps incidental that I rarely see an older person at their wheel when the driver expects me to know my place. The bullies in big cars who regard the road as their own and think nothing of upsetting other road users get my vote as the most dangerous - young or old.
"But as someone who is very passionate about his football, I know my place is out there with the fans who support the club week in week out, whoever is in charge."
As the third banana on a sitcom running on a network that is about to go under, I know my place in the Hollywood food chain.
But I soon learned to keep quiet, to know my place.
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