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[poo t-uhp] /ˈpʊtˌʌp/
adjective, Informal.
planned beforehand in a secret or crafty manner:
a put-up job.
Origin of put-up
First recorded in 1800-10; adj. use of verb phrase put up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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
  • But Id rather investigate three put-up jobs than neglect one real need of one miserable man.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • We shall have to try it by Chartism, or any conceivable ism, rather than put-up with this!

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • 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

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