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put-on

[n. poo t-on, -awn; adj. poo t-on, -awn] /n. ˈpʊtˌɒn, -ˌɔn; adj. ˈpʊtˈɒn, -ˈɔn/
noun, Informal.
1.
an act or instance of putting someone on.
2.
a prank or pretense, especially one perpetrated or assumed in mock seriousness; hoax; spoof.
3.
affected manner or behavior; pretentiousness.
adjective
4.
assumed, feigned, pretended, or disguised:
a put-on manner that didn't fool anyone.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; adj., noun use of verb phrase put (someone) on

put

[poo t] /pʊt/
verb (used with object), put, putting.
1.
to move or place (anything) so as to get it into or out of a specific location or position:
to put a book on the shelf.
2.
to bring into some relation, state, etc.:
to put everything in order.
3.
to place in the charge or power of a person, institution, etc.:
to put a child in a special school.
4.
to subject to the endurance or suffering of something:
to put convicted spies to death.
5.
to set to a duty, task, action, etc.:
I put him to work setting the table.
6.
to force or drive to some course or action:
to put an army to flight.
7.
to render or translate, as into another language:
He put the novel into French.
8.
to provide (words) with music as accompaniment; set:
to put a poem to music.
9.
to assign or attribute:
You put a political interpretation on everything.
10.
to set at a particular place, point, amount, etc., in a scale of estimation:
I'd put the distance at five miles.
11.
to bet or wager:
to put two dollars on a horse.
12.
to express or state:
To put it mildly, I don't understand.
13.
to apply, as to a use or purpose:
to put one's knowledge to practical use.
14.
to set, give, or make:
to put an end to an ancient custom.
15.
to propose or submit for answer, consideration, deliberation, etc.:
to put a question before a committee.
16.
to impose, as a burden, charge, or the like:
to put a tax on luxury articles.
17.
to invest (often followed by in or into):
to put one's money in real estate; to put one's savings into securities.
18.
to lay the blame of (usually followed by on, to, etc.):
He put my failure to lack of experience.
19.
to throw or cast, especially with a forward motion of the hand when raised close to the shoulder:
to put the shot.
verb (used without object), put, putting.
20.
to go, move, or proceed:
to put to sea.
21.
Informal. to begin to travel:
to put for home.
22.
to shoot out or grow, or send forth shoots or sprouts.
noun
23.
a throw or cast, especially one made with a forward motion of the hand when raised close to the shoulder.
24.
Also called put option. Finance. an option that gives the right to sell a fixed amount of a particular stock at a predetermined price within a given time, purchased by a person who expects the stock to decline.
Compare call (def 52).
Verb phrases
25.
put about,
  1. Nautical. to change direction, as on a course.
  2. to start (a rumor); circulate.
  3. to inconvenience; trouble.
  4. to disturb; worry.
  5. to turn in a different direction.
26.
put across,
  1. to cause to be understood or received favorably:
    She put across her new idea. He puts himself across well.
  2. to do successfully; accomplish:
    to put a project across.
  3. to be successful in (a form of deception):
    It was obviously a lie, but he put it across.
27.
put aside/by,
  1. to store up; save.
  2. Also, set aside. to put out of the way; place to one side:
    Put aside your books and come for a walk.
28.
put away,
  1. to put in the designated place for storage:
    Put away the groceries as soon as you get home.
  2. to save, especially for later use:
    to put away a few dollars each week.
  3. to discard:
    Put away those childish notions.
  4. to drink or eat, especially in a large quantity; finish off:
    to put away a hearty supper after jogging.
  5. to confine in a jail or a mental institution:
    He was put away for four years.
  6. to put to death by humane means:
    The dog was so badly injured that the veterinarian had to put it away.
29.
put down,
  1. to write down; register; record.
  2. to enter in a list, as of subscribers or contributors:
    Put me down for a $10 donation.
  3. to suppress; check; squelch:
    to put down a rebellion.
  4. to attribute; ascribe:
    We put your mistakes down to nervousness.
  5. to regard or categorize:
    He was put down as a chronic complainer.
  6. Informal. to criticize, especially in a contemptuous manner; disparage; belittle.
  7. Informal. to humble, humiliate, or embarrass.
  8. to pay as a deposit.
  9. to store for future use:
    to put down a case of wine.
  10. to dig or sink, as a well.
  11. to put (an animal) to death; put away.
  12. to land an aircraft or in an aircraft:
    We put down at Orly after six hours.
30.
put forth,
  1. to bring out; bear; grow:
    The trees are putting forth new green shoots.
  2. to propose; present:
    No one has put forth a workable solution.
  3. to bring to public notice; publish:
    A new interpretation of the doctrine has been put forth.
  4. to exert; exercise:
    We will have to put forth our best efforts to win.
  5. to set out; depart:
    Dark clouds threatened as we put forth from the shore.
31.
put forward,
  1. to propose; advance:
    I hesitated to put forward my plan.
  2. to nominate, promote, or support, as for a position:
    We put him forward for treasurer.
32.
put in,
  1. Also, put into. Nautical. to enter a port or harbor, especially for shelter, repairs, or provisions.
  2. to interpose; intervene.
  3. to spend (time) as indicated.
33.
put in for, to apply for or request (something):
I put in for a transfer to another department.
34.
put off,
  1. to postpone; defer.
  2. to confuse or perturb; disconcert; repel:
    We were put off by the book's abusive tone.
  3. to get rid of by delay or evasion.
  4. to lay aside; take off.
  5. to start out, as on a voyage.
  6. to launch (a boat) from shore or from another vessel:
    They began to put off the lifeboats as the fire spread.
35.
put on,
  1. to clothe oneself with (an article of clothing).
  2. to assume insincerely or falsely; pretend.
  3. to assume; adopt.
  4. to inflict; impose.
  5. to cause to be performed; produce; stage.
  6. Informal. to tease (a person), especially by pretending the truth of something that is untrue:
    You can't be serious—you're putting me on, aren't you?
  7. to act in a pretentious or ostentatious manner; exaggerate:
    All that putting on didn't impress anyone.
36.
put out,
  1. to extinguish, as a fire.
  2. to confuse; embarrass.
  3. to be vexed or annoyed:
    He was put out when I missed our appointment.
  4. to subject to inconvenience.
  5. Baseball, Softball, Cricket. to cause to be removed from an opportunity to reach base or score; retire.
  6. to publish.
  7. to go out to sea.
  8. to manufacture; prepare; produce.
  9. to exert; apply:
    They were putting out their best efforts.
  10. Slang: Vulgar. (of a woman) to engage in coitus.
37.
put over,
  1. to succeed in; accomplish:
    It will take an exceptional administrator to put over this reorganization.
  2. to postpone; defer:
    Discussion of this point will be put over until new evidence is introduced.
38.
put through,
  1. to complete successfully; execute:
    He was not able to put through his project.
  2. to bring about; effect:
    The proposed revisions have not as yet been put through.
  3. to make a telephone connection for:
    Put me through to Los Angeles.
  4. to make (a telephone connection):
    Put a call through to Hong Kong.
  5. to cause to undergo or endure:
    She's been put through a lot the past year.
39.
put up,
  1. to construct; erect.
  2. to can (vegetables, fruits, etc.); preserve (jam, jelly, etc.).
  3. to set or arrange (the hair).
  4. to provide (money); contribute.
  5. to accommodate; lodge.
  6. to display; show.
  7. to stake (money) to support a wager.
  8. to propose as a candidate; nominate:
    Someone is going to put him up for president.
  9. to offer, especially for public sale.
  10. Archaic. to sheathe one's sword; stop fighting.
40.
put upon, to take unfair advantage of; impose upon:
Some of the employees felt put upon when they were asked to work late.
41.
put up to, to provoke; prompt; incite:
Someone put him up to calling us.
42.
put up with, to endure; tolerate; bear:
I couldn't put up with the noise any longer.
Idioms
43.
put it to, Slang.
  1. to overburden with work, blame, etc.:
    They really put it to him in officer-training school.
  2. to take advantage of; cheat:
    That used car dealer put it to me good.
44.
put oneself out, to take pains; go to trouble or expense:
She has certainly put herself out to see that everyone is comfortable.
45.
put something over on, to take advantage of; deceive:
He suspected that his friend had put something over on him, but he had no proof.
46.
put to it, to be confronted with a problem; have difficulty:
We were put to it to find the missing notebook.
47.
stay put, Informal. to remain in the same position; refuse to move:
The baby wouldn't stay put, and kept trying to climb out of the playpen.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English put(t)en to push, thrust, put, Old English *putian (as verbal noun putung an impelling, inciting); akin to pytan, potian to push, goad, cognate with Old Norse pota to thrust, poke
Related forms
well-put, adjective
Can be confused
put, putt (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
1. Put, place, lay, set mean to bring or take an object (or cause it to go) to a certain location or position, there to leave it. Put is the general word: to put the dishes on the table; to put one's hair up. Place is a more formal word, suggesting precision of movement or definiteness of location: He placed his hand on the Bible. Lay, meaning originally to cause to lie, and set, meaning originally to cause to sit, are used particularly to stress the position in which an object is put: lay usually suggests putting an object rather carefully into a horizontal position: to lay a pattern out on the floor. Set usually means to place upright: to set a child on a horse. 16. levy, inflict.
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Examples for put on
  • They slept under the stage and put on their makeup and costumes in a tiny area behind the stage.
  • Akins and the others put on scuba gear and slipped beneath the surface.
  • Plenty of pressure is put on a development office at any financially troubled college.
  • It takes no more time to put on a jacket and tie than it does a sweatshirt and bandanna.
  • The other two put on the masks when they arrived at the airport.
  • put on grill, sauced side down, and brush other side.
  • The old days in which a manager was willing to put on a play for a few nights were going fast, and with them went our early drama.
  • First, the mice put on greaves that covered their forelegs.
  • New and expensive roofs have been put on for the comfort of such tenants as might choose to use them.
  • It was past nine o'clock when he left his own house and he set out so hurriedly that he forgot to put on his overshoes.
British Dictionary definitions for put on

put on

verb (transitive, mainly adverb)
1.
to clothe oneself in to put on a coat
2.
(usually passive) to adopt (an attitude or feeling) insincerely his misery was just put on
3.
to present or stage (a play, show, etc)
4.
to increase or add she put on weight, the batsman put on fifty runs before lunch
5.
to cause (an electrical device) to function
6.
(also preposition) to wager (money) on a horse race, game, etc he put ten pounds on the favourite
7.
(also preposition) to impose as a burden or levy to put a tax on cars
8.
(cricket) to cause (a bowler) to bowl
9.
put someone on
  1. to connect (a person) by telephone
  2. (slang) to mock or tease
noun (slang, mainly US & Canadian)
10.
a hoax or piece of mockery
11.
an affected manner or mode of behaviour

put

/pʊt/
verb (mainly transitive) puts, putting, put
1.
to cause to be (in a position or place) to put a book on the table
2.
to cause to be (in a state, relation, etc) to put one's things in order
3.
(foll by to) to cause (a person) to experience the endurance or suffering (of) to put to death, to put to the sword
4.
to set or commit (to an action, task, or duty), esp by force he put him to work
5.
to render, transform, or translate to put into English
6.
to set (words) in a musical form (esp in the phrase put to music)
7.
(foll by at) to estimate he put the distance at fifty miles
8.
(foll by to) to utilize (for the purpose of) he put his knowledge to good use
9.
(foll by to) to couple a female animal (with a male) for the purpose of breeding the farmer put his heifer to the bull
10.
to state; express to put it bluntly
11.
to set or make (an end or limit) he put an end to the proceedings
12.
to present for consideration in anticipation of an answer or vote; propose he put the question to the committee, I put it to you that one day you will all die
13.
to invest (money) in; give (support) to he put five thousand pounds into the project
14.
to impart to put zest into a party
15.
to throw or cast
16.
not know where to put oneself, to feel awkward or embarrassed
17.
put paid to, to destroy irrevocably and utterly the manager's disfavour put paid to their hopes for promotion
18.
stay put, to refuse to leave; keep one's position
noun
19.
a throw or cast, esp in putting the shot
20.
(stock exchange) Also called put option. an option to sell a stated amount of securities at a specified price during a specified limited period Compare call (sense 58)
Word Origin
C12 puten to push; related to Old English potian to push, Norwegian, Icelandic pota to poke
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Word Origin and History for put on
put
late O.E. putung "instigation, urging," lit. "putting;" also pytan "put out, thrust out" (of eyes), probably from Gmc. stem that also produced Dan. putte "to put," Swed. dial. putta. Meaning "act of casting a heavy stone overhead" (as a trial of strength) is attested from c.1300. Adj. phrase put out "angry, upset" is first recorded 1887; to put out, of a woman, "to offer oneself for sex" is from 1947. Verb phrase put down "snub" is from c.1400; put-down (n.) first recorded 1962. To put up with "tolerate, accept" (1755) was originally to put up, as in "to pocket." To put (someone) on "deceive" is from 1958; put-on "deception" is from 1937; from an earlier adj. meaning "assumed, feigned" (1621), a fig. extension of the notion of putting on costumes or disguises.
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Slang definitions & phrases for put on

put

verb

To proffer or do the sex act; lay: With men buyers, you get them put and you can sell them the Brooklyn Bridge

Related Terms

know what one can do with something, tell someone what to do with something

[1930s+; a shortening of put out]


put-on

adjective

Feigned; affected: his put-on machismo (1621+)

noun
  1. An act, remark, etc, intended to fool someone; a more or less amiable deception: a master of the ''put-on,'' a mildly cruel art/ They nudge us that what they're doing is just a ''put-on'' (1896+)
  2. (also put-on artist) A pretender; phony: to equate an original talent like Kenneth Anger with a put-on like Andy Warhol (1960s+)

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Idioms and Phrases with put on
.
Clothe oneself with, as in I put on my socks. [ Mid-1400s ]
.
Apply, activate, as in He put on the brakes. [ Mid-1700s ]
.
Assume affectedly, pretend to, as in He put on a British accent. This idiom is sometimes put as put it on, as in He's not really asleep; he's putting it on. [ Late 1600s; late 1800s ]
.
put someone on. Tease or mislead another, as in I don't believe you! You're putting me on. [ ; mid-1900s ]
.
Add to, gain, as in Please put this on our bill, or I've put on some weight.
.
Cause to be performed, produce, as in I hear they're putting on Shakespeare this summer. [ Late 1800s ]
also see under:
set
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