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know where you stand

Meaning: If you know where you stand, you know exactly where you fit in a social or work situation, or in someone's life.

For example:

  • Nobody bothered to ask Ken for his opinion, so he says he now knows where he stands in the company.

  • Shelley didn't even invite me to her party, so I know where I stand with her now.

Quick Quiz:

He'll know where he stands in the company when he gets
  1. his bonus
  2. his salary
  3. his expenses

Discuss: know where you stand

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