put over

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put over

  1. Make successful, bring off, as in Do you think we can put over this play? [Early 1900s]

  2. Make something or someone be understood or accepted, as in The public relations staff helped put our candidate over to the public. [Early 1900s]

  3. put over on. Fool, deceive, as in We can't put anything over on Tom. [Early 1900s]

  4. Delay, postpone, as in The meeting was put over until tomorrow. [Early 1500s] Also see put off.

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