take/knock/bring someone down a peg

Definition of take/knock/bring someone down a peg

:to make (someone) feel less important or proud
  • He was taken down a peg when an even better player joined the team.

Word by Word Definitions

take play
  1. : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

  2. : to seize or capture physically

  3. : to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

knock play
  1. : to strike something with a sharp blow

  2. : to collide with something

  3. : bustle

  1. : a sharp blow : rap, hit

  2. : a severe misfortune or hardship

  3. : setback, reversal

bring play
  1. : to convey, lead, carry, or cause to come along with one toward the place from which the action is being regarded

  2. : to cause to be, act, or move in a special way: such as

  3. : attract

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

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

peg play
  1. : a small usually cylindrical pointed or tapered piece (as of wood) used to pin down or fasten things or to fit into or close holes : pin, plug

  2. : clothespin

  3. : a predetermined level at which something (such as a price) is fixed

  1. : to put a peg into

  2. : to pin (laundry) on a clothesline

  3. : to attach or fix as if with a peg: such as

  1. : wide at the top and narrow at the bottom


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