put someone in his/her place

Definition of put someone in his/her place

  1. :  to say or do something to show someone that he or she is not better than other people and should not be acting in such a confident and proud way He told her to stop talking, but she quickly put him in his place.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to place in a specified position or relationship :  lay

    :  to move in a specified direction

    :  to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something :  thrust

  1. :  a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

    :  the act or an instance of putting the shot

    :  an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. :  being in place :  fixed, set

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  of or relating to her or herself especially as possessor, agent, or object of an action — compare 1she

  1. : objective case ofshe

  1. : heraldry

placeplay
  1. :  physical environment :  space

    :  a way for admission or transit

    :  physical surroundings :  atmosphere

  1. :  to put in or as if in a particular place or position :  set

    :  to present for consideration

    :  to put in a particular state


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