put across

  1. (adverb) to communicate in a comprehensible way: he couldn't put things across very well

  2. put one across informal to get (someone) to accept or believe a claim, excuse, etc, by deception: they put one across their teacher

Words Nearby put across

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How to use put across in a sentence

  • The slaves fell away from him in surprise and alarm, not understanding what he was trying to put across.

  • Recover our canoe, and put across the lake to where Will stands on that dock.

  • The ninth game went to forty-love before Holt succeeded in handling one of the sizzling serves that Amy put across.

    Left Tackle Thayer | Ralph Henry Barbour
  • It had had, in fact, to be an honest job of ship-building in order to put across a phoney promotion.

    Operation: Outer Space | William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • "Some pretty shady transactions were put across in those early days," Bryant commented.

    The Iron Furrow | George C. Shedd

Other Idioms and Phrases with put across

put across

Cause to be understood or accepted, as in She put her views across very well. [c. 1920]

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