• "'It was fortunate that we put them off the scent.'"
    "'It was fortunate that we put them off the scent.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n putting hitting a golf ball that is on the green using a putter; he didn't sink a single putt over three feet" "his putting let him down today"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Sadie uses the pond as a mirror to put a garland in her hair Sadie uses the pond as a mirror to put a garland in her hair
Polly, put the kettle on Polly, put the kettle on
Putting water into Josiah's hat Putting water into Josiah's hat
King, of Harvard, making a run; Mahan putting black on his head King, of Harvard, making a run; Mahan putting black on his head
Put Up Your Things and Git Put Up Your Things and Git

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If all the strawberries produced in California annually were put side by side, they would wrap around the Earth fifteen times
    • n Putting The throwing of a heavy stone, shot, etc., with the hand raised or extended from the shoulder; -- originally, a Scottish game.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lightning puts 10,000,000 tons of nitrogen into the earth each year.
    • Putting the act of hurling a heavy stone from the hand by a sudden push from the shoulder: the act of striking a golf-ball when near a hole, so as to cause it to fall into it
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  • Steve Jobs
    Steve Jobs
    “I want to put a ding in the universe.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.”
  • Guideposts
    “When God measures man, He puts the tape around his heart -- not his head.”
  • Pablo Picasso
    “Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? no. Just as one can never learn how to paint.”
  • Steven Wright
    Steven Wright
    “You can't have everything. Where would you put it?”
  • Mark Caine
    Mark Caine
    “There is nothing that puts a man more in your debt than that he owes you nothing.”


Put a bug in your ear - If you put a bug in someone's ear, you give him or her a reminder or suggestion relating to a future event.
Put a cork in it! - This is a way of telling someone to be quiet.
Put a sock in it - If someone tells you to put a sock in it, they are telling you to shut up.
Put all your eggs in one basket - If you put all your eggs in one basket, you risk everything on a single opportunity which, like eggs breaking, could go wrong.
Put it on the cuff - If you put something on the cuff, you will take it now and pay for it later.
Put lipstick on a pig - If people put lipstick on a pig, they make superficial or cosmetic changes, hoping that it will make the product more attractive.
Put more green into something - (USA) To put more green into something is to spend more or to increase investment in it.
Put off your stride - If you put someone off their stride, you distract them and make it hard for them to do or complete a task.
Put on a brave face - If you put on a brave face, or put a brave face on something, you behave confidently or cheerfully even though things are difficult. ('Brave front' is also used.)
Put on airs - If someone puts on airs, they pretend to be grander and more important than they really are.
Put on your thinking cap - If you put on your thinking cap, you think very hard about something.
Put or get someone's back up - If you put or get someone's back up, you annoy them.
Put some dirt on it - This means that when you get hurt, you should rub it off or shake it off and you'll be ok.
Put some mustard on it! - (USA) It's used to encourage someone to throw a ball like a baseball hard or fast.
Put somebody's nose out of joint - If you put someone's nose out of joint, you irritate them or make them angry with you.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

When he were 'bout ten rods off, I put a bullet in his ol' wooden leg fer to hurry him erlong.
"In the Days of Poor Richard" by Irving Bacheller
Jan put one foot into the room: he could not put two, unless he had stepped upon the papers.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Mabel put out her little foot and pressed it against her sister's.
"The Honorable Miss" by L. T. Meade
It must therefore be put a stop to, and the first way to put a stop to anything of the sort is to discover all about it.
"The Rebel of the School" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
She put on her court dress and made her courtesy to her majesty with the same charming unconsciousness and ease of manner.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Those little sunset drives would be such a pleasure to her, just when Michael had to be milking and putting up for the night.
"The Other Girls" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
Take four quarts of Honey, good measure; put to it four Gallons of water, let it stand all night, but stir it well, when you put it together.
"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened" by Kenelm Digby
By and by the violin was put away and all knelt by the fire while Sarah prayed aloud for protection through the night.
"A Man for the Ages" by Irving Bacheller
Put four tablespoons of marmalade in the bottom and then put in two-inch layer of batter.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
She put on the panoply of steel so often assumed by the woman who has got into trouble.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens

In poetry:

Mi daddy he once fell asleep,
An nivver wakken'd moor:
Aw saw 'em put him in a box,
An tak him aght o'th' door.
"The Old Bachelor's Story" by John Hartley
Now to the one she would give eare
Now put the other of,
Allurynge him by courteseye,
And tauntynge him by scoff.
"The Faire Amarillis" by Edward Dyer
CLARIN. Because alone I know
Who you are: And this being so,
Learn, Clotaldo is . . . . . This strain
Puts me out.
"Life Is A Dream - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
What if this we do
Against wind, cold, and dew
Arms put round each other?
Just so that we need not say
I Ku anu e!
"Hawaii" by Padraic Colum
By this Name do I answer yes --
Word beautiful and true.
By this I'll sew the bridal dress
I shall put on for you.
"The Name" by Anna Hempstead Branch
Then the spirit which is gone
Will return and claim this dust,
And this "mortal will put on
Immortality," we trust.
"On The Death Of Mrs. Burnite Who Died February 2, 1878" by David John Scott

In news:

Put "Jayne Mansfield" and "car" in the same sentence, and the mind immediately goes to… well, a not so good place.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart seem to be putting her cheating scandal behind them — the "Twilight" stars were "very affectionate " at a Prince concert in Hollywood.
Put party affiliation aside and work together.
Missile-defense site: Where to put it.
Where should they put the East Coast missile defense site.
You just put the machine on agitate , not the spin cycle.
Why go out to see a friend when you can check in with 900 of them without even needing to put on pants.
It put her on the international dance map.
I don't know how much stock to put into this, but there's a new ailment to worry about.
A South Florida chef shows us how to put a twist on your favorite burger.
She knows how to deliver a baby, deal with drunks and passengers with flight-phobia, as well as smile all day and put her hair up neatly.
Although we appreciate and benefit from the wealth of technology and abundance of testing that goes into each model a manufacturer releases, there are times when the factories screw up, to put it bluntly.
Put a little buzz in your business with these marketing lessons from the alcoholic beverage industry.
Simply put, the difference is training.
An inmate's escape from custody Wednesday put dozens of deputies into the search mode and put those who live near the jail on alert.

In science:

Some of those data were obtained under non-photometric conditions, but all of the standards data were combined, with a grey shift calculated such that the average through-put agreed with the observation with the highest through-put.
The Physical Properties of the Red Supergiant WOH G64: The Largest Star Known?
Put rad R∆(λ) = {x ∈ R∆(λ) | hy, xi = 0 for any y ∈ R∆♯ (λ)}, and put RL(λ) = R∆(λ)/ rad R∆(λ).
Presenting cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
Similarly, put rad R∆♯ (λ) = {y ∈ R∆♯ (λ) | hy, xi = 0 for any x ∈ R∆(λ)}, and put RL♯ (λ) = R∆♯ (λ)/ rad R∆♯ (λ).
Presenting cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
If (X1 , X2 ) = (A, C ) or (A, O), we put xi = yi = qi as in the proof of Lemma 3.2 (i). (X1 , X2 ) = (O, C ) or (C, O), we put xi = 2qi , yi = 0.
Locally simple subalgebras of diagonal Lie algebras
Indeed, otherwise we can put a vector of weight k in each box of the first row and put other weight vectors in all other boxes of λj so that the total sum of all weights of vectors is greater than k , which contradicts the fact that k is the maximal weight.
Categories of integrable $sl(\infty)$-, $o(\infty)$-, $sp(\infty)$-modules