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.
It is perhaps incidental that I rarely see an older person at their wheel when the driver expects me to know my place.
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.