know one's place

know one's place
to know the behavior appropriate to one's position or status in life. •

I know my place. I won't speak unless spoken to.

People around here are expected to know their place. You have to follow all the rules.

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{v. phr.} To be deferential to one's elders or superiors. * /Ken is a talented teaching assistant, but he has a tendency to tell the head of the department how to run things. Somebody ought to teach him to know his place./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • know\ one's\ place — v. phr. To be deferential to one s elders or superiors. Ken is a talented teaching assistant, but he has a tendency to tell the head of the department how to run things. Somebody ought to teach him to know his place …   Словарь американских идиом

  • know one's way around — or[know one s way about] {v. phr.} 1. To understand how things happen in the world; he experienced in the ways of the world. * /The sailor had been in the wildest ports in the world. He knew his way around./ Compare: HAVE BEEN AROUND. 2. or… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • know one's way around — or[know one s way about] {v. phr.} 1. To understand how things happen in the world; he experienced in the ways of the world. * /The sailor had been in the wildest ports in the world. He knew his way around./ Compare: HAVE BEEN AROUND. 2. or… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • know or keep one's place — idi know or keep one s place, to behave according to one s position or rank, esp. if inferior …   From formal English to slang

  • lose one's place — To falter in following a text, etc, not know what point has been reached • • • Main Entry: ↑place …   Useful english dictionary

  • put in one's place —    If someone causes offence or irritation by speaking or behaving in an inappropriate manner, you put them in their place by letting them know that they are not as important as they seem to believe.     The new trainee is not in a position to… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • place — [plās] n. [OFr < L platea, a broad street (in LL, an open space) < Gr plateia, a street < platys, broad: see PLATY ] 1. a square or court in a city 2. a short street, often closed at one end 3. space; room 4. a particular area or… …   English World dictionary

  • place — I n. space occupied at a table 1) to lay (BE), set (esp. AE) a place for smb. position 2) to take smb. s place 3) to trade places 4) (misc.) to know one s place (in life); to give up one s place in line/in a queue; to occupy a prominent place in… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • place — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. lieu, spot, point; niche, nook, hole; premises, precinct, station; locality; somewhere, someplace, anyplace; situation. v. t. locate, identify; arrange; put, repose; employ, engage. See abode,… …   English dictionary for students

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