Origin of put-on
How to use put-on in a sentence
To put it rather uncharitably, the USPHS practiced a major dental experiment on a city full of unconsenting subjects.
Just the hard-on before you shoot unarmed members of the public.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops|Melissa Leon|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Kennedy: "Mankind must put an end to war — or war will put an end to mankind."Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!|Olivia Nuzzi|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Obsessive exercising and inadequate nutrition can, over time, put people at high risk for overuse injuries like stress fractures.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
When I put their allegations to Epstein, he denied them and went into overdrive.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He was voluble in his declarations that they would “put the screws” to Ollie on the charge of perjury.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Each day she resolved, "To-morrow I will tell Felipe;" and when to-morrow came, she put it off again.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
This is the place where the Muscovite criminals are banished to, if they are not put to death.
Let them open their minds to us, let them put upon permanent record the significance of all their intrigues and manœuvres.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Before the spinet a bench was placed about four feet below the keys, and I was put upon the bench.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
British Dictionary definitions for put-on
- to connect (a person) by telephone
- slang to mock or tease
Other Idioms and Phrases with put-on
Clothe oneself with, as in I put on my socks. [Mid-1400s]
Apply, activate, as in He put on the brakes. [Mid-1700s]
Assume affectedly, pretend to, as in He put on a British accent. This idiom is sometimes put as put it on, as in He's not really asleep; he's putting it on. [Late 1600s; late 1800s]
put someone on. Tease or mislead another, as in I don't believe you! You're putting me on. [Slang; mid-1900s]
Add to, gain, as in Please put this on our bill, or I've put on some weight.
Cause to be performed, produce, as in I hear they're putting on Shakespeare this summer. [Late 1800s]