put down


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v put down make a record of; set down in permanent form
    • v put down put down in writing; of texts, musical compositions, etc.
    • v put down put (an animal) to death "The customs agents destroyed the dog that was found to be rabid","the sick cat had to be put down"
    • v put down leave or unload "unload the cargo","drop off the passengers at the hotel"
    • v put down cause to sit or seat or be in a settled position or place "set down your bags here"
    • v put down put in a horizontal position "lay the books on the table","lay the patient carefully onto the bed"
    • v put down reduce in worth or character, usually verbally "She tends to put down younger women colleagues","His critics took him down after the lecture"
    • v put down cause to come to the ground "the pilot managed to land the airplane safely"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The nursery rhyme Ring Around the Rosy is a rhyme about the plague. Infected people with the plague would get red circular sores ("Ring around the rosy..."), these sores would smell very badly so common folks would put flowers on their bodies somewhere (inconspicuously), so that it would cover the smell of the sores ("...a pocket full of posies..."), People who died from the plague would be burned so as to reduce the possible spread of the disease ("...ashes, ashes, we all fall down!")
    • Put down to crush: to degrade: :
    • Put down (Shak.) to confute: to enter, as a name
    • Put down (rare) to give up: to start for
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  • Kenneth Hildebrand
    Kenneth Hildebrand
    “The easiest thing to do, whenever you fail, is to put yourself down by blaming your lack of ability for your misfortunes.”
  • Pauline Kael
    Pauline Kael
    “One of the surest signs of the Philistine is his reverence for the superior tastes of those who put him down.”
  • Walter Lippmann
    “What we call a democratic society might be defined for certain purposes as one in which the majority is always prepared to put down a revolutionary minority.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “All men have fears, but the Brave put down their fears and go forward. Sometimes to Death, but always to Victory.”
  • A. P. Herbert
    A. P. Herbert
    “Well, fancy giving money to the Government! Might as well have put it down the drain.”
  • Milton Avery
    Milton Avery
    “The idea is in my head to put it down is nothing.”


Put your foot down - When someone puts their foot down, they make a firm stand and establish their authority on an issue.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. potian, to push; prob. Celt., as Gael. put, W. pwtio.


In literature:

Suddenly, as she put down her violin, the French window opened, and Langham stood before her.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Putting down her glass of milk, she turned abruptly to the others.
"The Nicest Girl in the School" by Angela Brazil
When we had both put down our figures we threw our papers on the desk.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
They brought Sampson in and carried him to the bed and put him down.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
Should he put down Ralph's name at the famous Carlton, of which he had lately become a member?
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
Stonor safely tied up, Imbrie put down his gun and lighted his pipe.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
This time he put his foot down, and put it (as Jane bitterly remarked) on poor Owen Prothero's neck.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
There he meets and puts down the anti-institutional man; here he meets and puts down the anti-moral woman.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
With this recommendation we put down the Chertons.
"Happy-Thought Hall" by F. C. Burnand
Whereupon Joe put down the cup and prepared to engage in another snarling argument.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner

In poetry:

I met a child upon the moor
A-wading down the heather;
She put her hand into my own,
We crossed the fields together.
"On The Moor" by Cale Young Rice
When you’re down an’ out an’ utter,
Take it fightin’;
When they’ve put you in the gutter,
Take it fightin’.
"Take It Fightin’" by Henry Lawson
The cloud above put on its blackest frown,
And then, as with a vengeful cry of pain,
The lightning snatched it, ripped and flung it down
In ravelled shreds of rain:
"The Shower" by James Whitcomb Riley
I wanna turn you around and put you upside down
If that don't stop your slippin' around
I'm a-going to set my foot right down on you
I wanna stop your struttin', baby, 'til you say you're through
"I'm Gonna Set My Foot Down" by Buddy Holly
I'm gonna turn you around and put you upside down
If that don't stop your runnin' around
I'm a-going to set my foot right down on you
I wanna stop your struttin', baby, 'til you say you're through
"I'm Gonna Set My Foot Down" by Buddy Holly
(putting the book down, and taking her on his knee).
You do not understand it yet, my child.
You cannot know where it is beautiful.
But though you do not see it very pretty,
Perhaps your little ears could hear it pretty.
"Within and Without: Part IV: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald

In news:

U sed to be, a store or a restaurant wanted to stay in one place for a long time, putting down roots and getting to know its customers.
Acid reflux is the most common reason US adults undergo a procedure where a viewing tube is put down their throat.
Put down the phone before you get hit by a car.
Please put down the CGI and step away from the hobbit .
Put down the ice cream , Michigan ranks in top 10 for fattest states.
Put down the ice cream, Michigan ranks in top 10 for fattest states.
Jinx, had to be put down after eating meat tainted with needles.
A writer for BuzzFeed.com went up against him and only managed to put down four.
Los Angeles city council votes unanimously to adopt " Meatless Monday" to encourage residents to put down the steak and go vegetarian once a week.
And today's last word in business is: Put down the novels.
Michigan State Police say a Monroe County family had to put down their 8-year-old black lab after it swallowed nearly two dozen needles .
For Just One Day , "Euthanasia Technicians" will put down their syringes and pick up cameras.
Space limitations may require those who aren't quickly adopted to be put down.
Instead of sitting idle, Caldwell put down his canoe paddle and grabbed his camera.

In science:

Alternatively, when xi−1 > xi we’ll put an operator D, i.e. the sequence goes ”down”.
Probability distribution of distances between local extrema of random number series
Every measure µ ∈ M (X ) can be put down in the form µ = cµ1 , where c = µ and µ1 ∈ M1(X ).
The McMillan theorem for colored branching processes and dimensions of random fractals
Otherwise, put down the (cid:12)rst resource and try again with a new random choice." Each process exchanges messages with an external user.
Proving time bounds for randomized distributed algorithms
The numerical factor is the number of topologically distinct ways of labeling the graph, sub ject to the following constraint: the labels are put down in sequential order from 0 to n, such that the current vertex k is connected to a vertex j < k .
Series expansion and computer simulation studies of random sequential adsorption
At each time step, a site x is picked at random, if some neighborhood D(x) is empty, we put down the particle by reset the array values in these entries of involved sites.
Series expansion and computer simulation studies of random sequential adsorption