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Origin of put-on
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]