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put someone in his or her place

1

Rebuke someone, remind someone of his or her position, as in Alice is entirely too rude; it's time you put her in her place. The noun place here denotes one's rank or position. [Mid-1900s]

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2

Also, put oneself in someone's place. Imagine being someone else, as in Just put yourself in my place—how would you deal with it? [Mid-1600s]

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