cut down to size
phrasal to reduce from an inflated or exaggerated importance to true or suitable stature

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • cut down to size — index minimize Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • cut down to size — phrasal : to reduce from an inflated or exaggerated importance to true or suitable stature the challenger looks impressive, but stiffer competition will cut him down to size * * * cut down to size To cause (a person) to feel less important or to… …   Useful english 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

  • 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 — {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

  • cut down to size —  Lower (a person s estimate of his own importance) to a realistic level …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • 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 …   New idioms dictionary

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