put across

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put across

  1. Cause to be understood or accepted, as in She put her views across very well. [c. 1920]

  2. Attain or carry through by deceit, as in You can't put anything across this teacher. [c. 1920] Also see put over, def. 3.

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