put one off

1

Repel or repulse someone, as in His bad manners put her off, or They were put off by the bad smell. [c. 1900]

2

put someone off. Persuade someone to delay further action, as in He put off the creditors, promising to pay next week, or They managed to put him off from suing. [Early 1600s]


Nearby words

  1. put on the spot,
  2. put on to,
  3. put on weight,
  4. put one in mind of,
  5. put one into the picture,
  6. put one off one's stride,
  7. put one out,
  8. put one's back into it,
  9. put one's back up,
  10. put one's best foot forward

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