take someone down a peg or two

take someone down a peg or two
take someone down a peg or two make someone less arrogant.
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  • take someone down a peg (or two) — take/bring/someone down a peg (or two) phrase to make someone realize they are not as important as they think they are I think he needs taking down a peg or two. Thesaurus: to have an effect on someone s emotions or attitudessynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • take someone down a peg or two — HUMBLE, humiliate, mortify, bring down, shame, embarrass, abash, put someone in their place, chasten, subdue, squash, deflate, make someone eat humble pie; informal show up, settle someone s hash, cut down to size; N. Amer. informal make someone… …   Useful english dictionary

  • take someone down a peg — If someone is taken down a peg (or taken down a peg or two), they lose status in the eyes of others because of something they have done wrong or badly …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • take (or bring) someone down a peg or two — make someone less arrogant. → peg …   English new terms dictionary

  • take someone down a peg —    If someone is taken down a peg (or taken down a peg or two), they lose status in the eyes of others because of something they have done wrong or badly.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Take someone down a peg —   If someone is taken down a peg (or taken down a peg or two), they lose status in the eyes of others because of something they have done wrong or badly …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • bring someone down a peg (or two) — take/bring/someone down a peg (or two) phrase to make someone realize they are not as important as they think they are I think he needs taking down a peg or two. Thesaurus: to have an effect on someone s emotions or attitudessynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • bring someone down a peg or two — bring (someone/something) down a peg (or two) to show that someone or something is not as good as people think. His arrogant behavior made some people want to see him brought down a peg. She uses her position to take other people down a peg or… …   New idioms dictionary

  • take down a peg or two — wouldn t I just love to take that Mr. Bigshot down a peg or two Syn: humble, humiliate, mortify, bring down, shame, embarrass, abash, put someone in their place, chasten, subdue, squash, deflate, make someone eat humble pie; informal show up,… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • take down a peg or two — Meaning To lower someone s high opinion of themselves. Origin Possibly derived from the naval practise of tying flag ropes to pegs. The higher the peg, the higher the status …   Meaning and origin of phrases

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