put to the test

Try or check out something or someone, as in This tall grass will put our new lawnmower to the test, or Let's put Harry to the test and see if he knows the last 20 World Series winners. [Mid-1600s]


Nearby words

  1. put to it, be,
  2. put to rights,
  3. put to sea,
  4. put to shame,
  5. put to sleep,
  6. put together,
  7. put two and two together,
  8. put up,
  9. put up or shut up,
  10. put up with

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