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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PUT DOWN

Harriet put down the apostle-spoon in her hand and stared across at him.

He put down the milk-pails and, going over to her, put a hand on her head.

At something after two o'clock that night, K. put down his pipe and listened.

Macdonald, however, was not a man to be put down in his own shop and before his own admirers.

Well, I'll tell you somethin'—will you put down a good bet if I steer you straight?

Comrade Ossipon put down his rising surprise with a firm hand.

"Come in, Margaret, and put down your basket," said the colonel in a genial tone.

Mrs. Wilson put down her hook again, and leaned back in her chair.

He put down the glass, found his handkerchief and mopped his dripping face.

I shall not trouble myself to put down all that passed between us.

WORD ORIGIN

late Old English *putian, implied in putung "instigation, an urging," literally "a putting;" related to pytan "put out, thrust out" (of eyes), probably from a Germanic stem that also produced Danish putte "to put," Swedish dialectal putta; Middle Dutch pote "scion, plant," Dutch poten "to plant," Old Norse pota "to poke."

Meaning "act of casting a heavy stone overhead" (as a trial of strength) is attested from c.1300. Obsolete past tense form putted is attested 14c.-15c. To put down "end by force or authority" (a rebellion, etc.) is from c.1300. Adjective phrase put out "angry, upset" is first recorded 1887; to put out, of a woman, "to offer oneself for sex" is from 1947. To put upon (someone) "play a trick on, impose on" is from 1690s. To put up with "tolerate, accept" (1755) was originally to put up, as in "to pocket." To put (someone) on "deceive" is from 1958.

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Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.