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put-up job

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put-up job

noun phrase

A prearranged matter; a contrived affair: The surprise award was a put-up job (1838+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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  • I could see then that it was a put-up job, this getting me to go up to my sister's house.

    Dave Ranney Dave Ranney
  • He felt at once that it was a put-up job to get him out of the way.

    Shoe-Bar Stratton Joseph Bushnell Ames
  • One of the men insisted that he was too damned polite to be honest, and that the American consul yarn was a put-up job.

    The Arm-Chair at the Inn F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Take it from me, it was a put-up job by that Calabrian woman.

    The Place of Honeymoons Harold MacGrath
  • “To my mind, it is nothing but a put-up job,” said Andy flatly.

    The Putnam Hall Champions Arthur M. Winfield
  • This looks as if it was a put-up job, with the masks, and everything.

  • Dare say it was a put-up job between her and those two young men.

  • Even if it were a put-up job, as most divorces are nowadays, it would damn me.

    The Circle W. Somerset Maugham
  • But she didn't like the idea that perhaps she was the victim of a put-up job.

    Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley
  • No, not at all, rejoined Sikes; at least it cant be a put-up job, as we expected.

    Oliver Twist, Vol. I (of 3) Charles Dickens
Idioms and Phrases with put-up job

put-up job

A prearranged conspiracy, especially a crime such as a burglary. For example, The police suspected that the butler was in on it—it was a put-up job. This colloquial phrase was first recorded in 1810.
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