put-up job

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put-up job

A prearranged conspiracy, especially a crime such as a burglary. For example, The police suspected that the butler was in on itit was a put-up job. This colloquial phrase was first recorded in 1810.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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