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    to put sth down a notch or two

    What does to put something down a notch or two mean?

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    Re: to put sth down a notch or two

    I'm not a teacher.

    Hi beachboy,

    I know the meaning of the following idiom:

    Take down a notch = take down a peg = deflate or humble someone, as in:

    He’s so arrogant that I wish someone would take him down a notch.
    That defeat take them down a peg.

    The idiom in question “to put (take, or pull, or bring) down a notch (peg) or two means to lower someone’s high opinion of themselves.

    Both notch and peg in these idioms allude to a series, the former of indentations, the latter of knobs, used to raise or lower something. Specifically, peg alludes to the pegs used to lower a ship’s color.



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