get/put bums on seats

Definition of get/put bums on seats

British, informal
:to attract people to see a movie, play, game, etc.
  • She has the looks and voice that really get/put bums on seats.

Word by Word Definitions

get play
  1. : to gain possession of

  2. : to receive as a return : earn

  3. : to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. : something begotten:

  2. : offspring

  3. : the entire progeny of a male animal

  1. : a document of release from obligation in Jewish law

  2. : a religious divorce by Jewish law

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  2. : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

bum play bums
  1. : buttocks

  1. : of poor quality or nature

  2. : not valid or deserved

  3. : not pleasant or enjoyable

  1. : loaf

  2. : to spend time unemployed and often wandering

  3. : to obtain by asking or begging : cadge

  1. : one who sponges (see 2sponge 2) off others and avoids work

  2. : one who performs a function poorly

  3. : one whose time is devoted to a recreational activity

  1. : a drinking spree : bender

  1. : disappoint, depress

seat play seats
  1. : a special chair of one in eminence

  2. : a chair, stool, or bench intended to be sat in or on

  3. : the particular part of something on which one rests in sitting

  1. : to install in a seat of dignity or office

  2. : to cause to sit or assist in finding a seat

  3. : to provide seats for


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