cut someone down to size

cut someone down to size
cut (someone/something) down to size to make someone or something less important or detailed.

When he started the job he thought he knew everything, but we soon cut him down to size.

Sometimes we have to cut our grand dreams down to size.


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  • cut someone down to size — cut (someone) down to size to criticize someone who you think is too confident in order to make them feel less confident or less proud. When he started he thought he knew everything, but we soon cut him down to size …   New idioms dictionary

  • cut someone down to size — informal deflate someone s exaggerated sense of self worth …   Useful english dictionary

  • cut something down to size — cut (someone/something) down to size to make someone or something less important or detailed. When he started the job he thought he knew everything, but we soon cut him down to size. Sometimes we have to cut our grand dreams down to size …   New idioms dictionary

  • cut down to size — cut (someone) down to size to criticize someone who you think is too confident in order to make them feel less confident or less proud. When he started he thought he knew everything, but we soon cut him down to size …   New idioms dictionary

  • cut down to size — cut (someone/something) down to size to make someone or something less important or detailed. When he started the job he thought he knew everything, but we soon cut him down to size. Sometimes we have to cut our grand dreams down to size …   New idioms dictionary

  • down to size — ◇ If people cut/bring (etc.) you down to size, they make you realize that you are not as powerful and important as you thought you were. He thinks he s so smart! I wish someone would cut him down to size. • • • Main Entry: ↑size …   Useful english dictionary

  • cut down to size — {v. phr.}, {informal} To prove that someone is not as good as he thinks. * /The big boy told John he could beat him, but John was a good boxer and soon cut him down to size./ Syn.: PUT IN ONE S PLACE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cut down to size — {v. phr.}, {informal} To prove that someone is not as good as he thinks. * /The big boy told John he could beat him, but John was a good boxer and soon cut him down to size./ Syn.: PUT IN ONE S PLACE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cut\ down\ to\ size — v. phr. informal To prove that someone is not as good as he thinks. The big boy told John he could beat him, but John was a good boxer and soon cut him down to size. Syn.: put in one s place …   Словарь американских идиом

  • cut down to size — prove that someone is not as good as he thinks I was able to cut him down to size when I criticized what he said at the meeting …   Idioms and examples

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