take (one) down a peg (or two)

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take (one) down a peg (or two)

To reduce or damage one's ego or pride; to humble or humiliate one. I'm really glad that pompous oaf lost his court case, maybe that will take him down a peg or two. It's about time that someone took Sarah down a peg. Her snotty rich-kid arrogance is intolerable!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

take someone down a peg (or two)

 and take someone down a notch (or two); knock someone down a peg (or two); knock someone down a notch (or two)
Fig. to reprimand someone who is acting too arrogant. The teacher's scolding took Bob down a notch or two. He was so rude that someone was bound to knock him down a peg or two.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

take someone down a peg or two

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bring someone down a peg or two

If you take someone down a peg or two or bring them down a peg or two, you do something to make them less proud or make them realise that they are not as important as they thought they were. When it comes to success stories like these sports stars, all the media want to do is find ways to bring them down a peg or two. We thought it was time they were brought down a peg or two. Note: People sometimes just say bring someone down a peg or take someone down a peg. We'd have liked to see her taken down a peg, but not this way. Note: This expression may refer to the tuning of musical instruments such as guitars or violins, where pegs are used to keep the strings tight. Alternatively, it may refer to the game of cribbage, where pegs are used to keep the score.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

take someone down a peg or two

make someone realize that they are less talented or important than they think they are.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

take (someone) down a peg

To reduce the pride of; humble.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

take (someone) down a peg, to

To deflate or humble someone. This term alludes to lowering a ship’s colors, which were maneuvered by means of pegs. The higher the colors were flown, the greater the honor. The term was already being transferred by 1664, when Samuel Butler wrote (Hudibras), “Trepanned your party with intrigue, And took your grandees down a peg.” John Ray’s Proverbs (1678) defined it as “to remind upstarts of their former condition.” It is still widely used.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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