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cut something down to size

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cut something down to size

verb phrase

To counter and neutralize; deflate: A few words from the judge cut him down to size (1930s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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