• When Dad Put his Hand on Her Shoulder and Petted It 276
    When Dad Put his Hand on Her Shoulder and Petted It 276
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n put-on a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
    • n put-on something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage
    • n put-on a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Polly, put the kettle on Polly, put the kettle on
King, of Harvard, making a run; Mahan putting black on his head King, of Harvard, making a run; Mahan putting black on his head
The Wolf puts on the Grandmother's night-gown and cap The Wolf puts on the Grandmother's night-gown and cap
He drew off the crowns very gently, and put the nightcaps on their heads instead He drew off the crowns very gently, and put the nightcaps on their heads instead
Paulina ... began to put on the colour Paulina ... began to put on the colour
o he put on all his Fine Clothes o he put on all his Fine Clothes
Amy capped the climax by putting a clothes-pin on her nose Amy capped the climax by putting a clothes-pin on her nose
Wren put it on again Wren put it on again


  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “What a new face courage puts on everything!”
  • Byron J. Langenfield
    Byron J. Langenfield
    “Rare is the person who can weigh the faults of others without putting his thumb on the scales.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Put an Irishman on the spit and you can always get another Irishman to turn him.”
  • Hesiod
    “If you should put even a little on a little and should do this often, soon this would become big.”
  • Lou Holtz
    “I can't believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary.”


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 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 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 someone on a pedestal - If you put someone on a pedestal, you admire them greatly, idolise them.
Put the kybosh on - To put an end to something.
Put your cards on the table - If you put your cards on the table, you make your thoughts or ideas perfectly clear.
Put your hand on your heart - If you can out your hand on your heart, then you can say something knowing it to be true.
Put your thumb on the scales - If you put your thumb on the scales, you try to influence the result of something in your favour.


In literature:

All that you can do this year is to select the best land on the farm, put on 400 lbs.
"Talks on Manures" by Joseph Harris
At length he put on his hat and left the Chamber, and the sitting was at an end.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
The others will not go in far, and they soon get cold and want to put on their clothes.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
At eleven o'clock, the potatoes, onion, and celery should be put on to boil gently and the milk put into a double boiler to heat.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools" by Ministry of Education Ontario
After a while Steve put on a raincoat and tramped down the stairs and over to Hensey.
"Left End Edwards" by Ralph Henry Barbour
I put on my shoes and stockings, and Rectus his; he'd had enough glory for one day.
"A Jolly Fellowship" by Frank R. Stockton
I was 15 when I started driving the fambly carriage and I got to put on pants then.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
Moses was put on his legs again as a serious historian, and the subject of the resolution utterly lost to view.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
The moment they ceased, however we made them put on their clothing.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
Yes'um, dey always give us a changin of homespuns, so as to strip on wash day en put on a fresh one.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration

In poetry:

Honey in de rose, I spose, is
Put der fo' de bee;
Honey on her lips, I knows, is
Put der jes fo' me.
"Ma Lady's Lips Am Like De Honey" by James Weldon Johnson
And never in all ages,
Since John on Patmus wrote;
Have words been put on pages
As great as Lincoln spoke.
"The Angel Who Unfetter'd St. Peter" by Frank Barbour Coffin
"But sic a gloom on ae browhead,
Grant I ne'er see again!
For mony of our men he slew,
And mony put to pain."
"Auld Maitland" by Andrew Lang
When men put on an outside show,
To see if woman won't adore,
While to virtue his heart's a foe—
She's vex-ed.
"The Model Girl" by Frank Barbour Coffin
But, ah, this image is too kind
To be other than a dream!
Cruel Sacharissa's mind
Never put on that sweet extreme.
"Song - Say, Lovely Dream" by Edmund Waller
The deer of reason has fled from the hill of my heart
Because I have seen your gold rings and your amber rings;
Your eyes have lighted a small fire below my heart,
Put on your gold rings and your amber rings, and come to me.
"Ballade Of Ajam The Washerman" by Edward Powys Mathers

In news:

On Friday night the people of New York (and surrounding states) flocked to the Times Union Center in Albany to witness Steven Tyler himself put on one hell of a show with his long-time band Aerosmith.
He put on his standard Lake Flyers polo and stopped to vote on his way to school.
On Monday (Nov 26), Swift appeared on 'The Today Show Australia ' to put on another smashing rendition of her album's title track.
Local bikers put on their gear and sped into action for a good cause on Saturday.
Moreno Valley Elks Lodge #2697 hosted the first chess tournament put on by Boy Scouts Troop 214 of Moreno Valley on Oct 14.
When talking about school plays most of you would probably envision students putting on a performance with teachers looking on.
President Barack Obama told blacks on Saturday to quit crying and complaining and "put on your marching shoes" and help him fight for jobs and opportunity.
0A thief stole medallions put on the graves of military service members that are put there to honor their memory of service.
A student group is putting on a course-related event on FGCU campus under the guidance of Professor Courtney Satkoski.
Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon of "PTI" discuss the hit Zdeno Chara put on Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty on Tuesday.
Celebrate the holiday with these festive family foods that put on a new twist on Mexican favorites.
Thousands of registered voters could show up at the polls on Election Day only to be told that they have been put on the inactive voter list.
Coronal mass ejection on Friday later helps put on quite a show for Earth's stargazers.
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart celebrated their one-year dating anniversary on Thursday Oct 25, and put on the most public of PDAs: On Twitter.
On Friday the show broadcasts Maplewood Barn Radio Theatre, a radio drama put on by the Maplewood Barn community theater.

In science:

In both figures, the bold square put on the T axis indicates the weak coupling approximation of the critical temperature at chiral limit without Φ, i.e., T 0 c /∆0 = 0.714.
Enforced neutrality and color-flavor unlocking in the three-flavor Polyakov-loop NJL model
We put on rigorous ground the suppression of structures at given level, say j .
On a nonhierarchical version of the Generalized Random Energy Model. II. Ultrametricity
Given two sub-bigraphs Gi and Gj , the basic idea of the closeness function isC lose(Gi , Gj ) depends on the link pattern between Gi and Gj to quantify the influence that they put on each other.
Overlapping Community Detection in Bipartite Networks
Here the influence that Gi puts on Gj is defined based on UGi .
Overlapping Community Detection in Bipartite Networks
Thus, linear and branching models can be put on a common ground and compared.
Modeling Time in Computing: A Taxonomy and a Comparative Survey