down to size

Definition of down to size

used with cut, bring, etc., to refer to making someone realize that he or she is not as powerful and important as he or she thought
  • He thinks he's so smart! I wish someone would cut him down to size.

Word by Word Definitions

down play
  1. : toward or in a lower physical position

  2. : to a lying or sitting position

  3. : toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom

  1. : down (see 1down) along, around, through, toward, in, into, or on

  1. : to cause to go or come down (see 1down) : such as

  2. : to cause to fall by or as if by shooting : bring down

  3. : consume

  1. : occupying a low position

  2. : directed or going downward

  3. : lower in price

  1. : descent, depression

  2. : an instance of putting down someone (such as an opponent in wrestling)

  3. : a complete play to advance the ball

  1. : an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

  2. : a sheep of any breed originating in the downs of southern England

  1. : a covering of soft fluffy feathers

  2. : something soft and fluffy like down

  1. : down syndrome

size play
  1. : assize

  2. : a fixed portion of food or drink

  3. : physical magnitude, extent, or bulk : relative or proportionate dimensions

  1. : to make a particular size : bring to proper or suitable size

  2. : to arrange, grade, or classify according to size or bulk

  3. : to equal in size or other particular characteristic : compare

  1. : sized

  1. : any of various glutinous materials (such as preparations of glue, flour, varnish, or resins) used for filling the pores in surfaces (as of paper, textiles, leather, or plaster) or for applying color or metal leaf (as to book edges or covers)

  1. : to cover, stiffen, or glaze with or as if with size


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