put someone in his or her place


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]


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]

Nearby words

  1. put over,
  2. put paid to,
  3. put right,
  4. put someone away,
  5. put someone down,
  6. put someone on,
  7. put someone out of his or her misery,
  8. put someone right,
  9. put someone through his or her paces,
  10. put someone up

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