The following idioms and expressions use the verb 'put'. Each idiom or expression has a definition and two example sentences to help understanding of these common idiomatic expressions with 'put'. Once you have studied these expressions, test your knowledge with quiz testing idioms and expressions with put.
Put a cork in it!
Definition: Be quiet
Could you please put a cork in it?!
Tom, put a cork in it! I can't hear what Mary is saying.
Definition: criticize someone
Jack put him down and he hasn't been the same since.
Don't put me down!
Put (stick) one's nose in
Definition: interfere in someone's business
I wish he wouldn't put his nose in where it's not wanted.
Mary is putting her nose in their affairs.
Put on the Ritz/dog
Definition: make everything special for someone else
They really put on the Ritz for us last weekend.
Let's put on the dog for the Wilson's.
Put some distance between someone and someone / something
Definition: move far away from
He put some distance between himself and his ex-wife.
Let's put some distance between us and the school.
Put someone away
Definition: put in prison
They put him away for twenty years.
Jason was put away for life in prison.
Put someone on
Definition: fool, tease someone
He put Jerry on about his new job.
I don't believe anything you say. You're putting me on!
Put someone up
Definition: provide accommodation
We put them up last week as they couldn't find a hotel.
Could you put me up for the night?
Put something away
Definition: eat or drink something
He put the whole pizza away in fifteen minutes!
We put away six beers.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it!
Definition: Phrase meaning: You see! Take that!
You're wrong! Now put that in your pipe and smoke it!
I don't agree with you. Put that in your pipe and smoke it!
Put the bite on someone
Definition: try to get money from someone
I put the bite on Tim but he didn't have any money.
She put the bite on me for $50.
Put the finger on someone
Definition: identify someone
The victim put the finger on the criminal.
She put the finger on her boss for the crime.
Put the heat / screws on someone
Definition: pressure someone to do something
He's putting the heat on me to finish the report.
Janet's really putting the screws on her husband to get a new car.
Put the moves on someone
Definition: try to seduce someone
He was putting the moves on Mary last night.
Hey! Are you trying to put the moves on me?!
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