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Origin of put-on
Words nearby put-on
Example sentences from the Web for put-on
Her voice, in essence, sounds like a put-on version of a particularly technical rapper from the American South.Stop Being So Surprised By the Rise of Iggy Azalea|Kevin Fallon|May 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The first thing to know about King's personality is that it isn't a put-on for Fox News.
This was evidently no put-on apology for the occasion, and Wyndham, as he spoke, looked as penitent as his words.The Willoughby Captains|Talbot Baines Reed
And since her niece had come to live with her, this put-on sternness had increased.The Carved Lions|Mrs. Molesworth
"She's only china, and her hair's a put-on wig," said Agatha, with tears in her eyes.A Christmas Posy|Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
British Dictionary definitions for put-on
verb (tr, mainly adverb)
- to connect (a person) by telephone
- slang to mock or tease
noun put-on slang, mainly US and Canadian
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]