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Old February 25, 2011, 08:50 AM
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Lightbulb Parar los pies a alguien

Parar los pies a alguien significa no dejar que se sobrepasen, no darles confianza, etc..
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Yes, but also in this other sense, (or similar)

to take somebody down a peg or two,
or
to put somebody in his/her place

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Parar los pies a alguien. *Contenerle en algún intento impertinente o insensato o impedirle seguir adelante en algo que dice o hace, por ejemplo con falta de respeto o con atrevimiento.
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Could someone use it in a sentence that utilizes both concepts?

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Rather than invent them, here are some common examples (from a google search)

Parecía buena persona, pero cuando comenzó a beber tuve que pararle los pies porque me comenzaba a acosar.

Ese italianini se pasó de la raya ese día, me dijo que era un amigo de la infancia de Francesca y al final tuve que pararle los pies...

... tuve que pararle los pies cuando aludió a mi fracaso matrimonial con cierta sorna.

Aquí ya tuve que pararle los pies y muy amablemente enviarla a hacer puñetas (no con esas palabras, pero tentado estuve.)

En una ocasión tuve que pararle los pies a un cincuentón escocés que se paseaba por allí con intenciones lúbricas.

Más de una vez tuve que pararle los pies a los hijitos, chicos de unos 10 años, porque venían a tratarme con muy poca educación como si yo...Hablaba tanto por los codos que tuve que pararle los pies...

... una vez tuve que pararle los pies a un médico, porque mientras le daba los síntomas, él se creía que yo le estaba dando mi diagnóstico...

At any rate, the examples are many. (Maybe I have given you extra words... but hope that helps!)
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Oh! I did not know this in Spanish! Glad you asked this question ROBINDESBOISE. I really learn alot from you guys!
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