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1

Present for consideration, as in Let's put it to a vote, or I put it to you, I did the best I could under the circumstances. [Mid-1700s]

2

Present something in a forceful, candid manner to someone, as in I can't put it to you any more clearly—stay away from the electrical equipment.

3

Overburden with tasks or work, as in They really put it to him, expecting to do all the packing.

4

Blame on, as in They didn't know who broke the window so they put it to Sam.

5

Take unfair advantage, cheat, as in That used-car dealer really put it to Betty.

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