put (someone or something) through his/her/its paces

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Definition of put (someone or something) through his/her/its paces

: to test what someone or something can do
  • We brought home three different computers and put them through their paces.

Word by Word Definitions

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

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

her play
  1. : of or relating to her or herself especially as possessor, agent, or object of an action — compare 1she

  1. : objective case of she

pace play paces
  1. : rate of movement

  2. : rate of progress

  3. : an example to be emulated

  1. : to walk with often slow or measured tread

  2. : to move along : proceed

  3. : to go at a pace

  1. : contrary to the opinion of


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