put (someone) up to

phrasal verb

put (someone) up to; putting (someone) up to; puts (someone) up to
: to convince (someone) to do (something stupid or foolish)
His friends put him up to (playing) the prank.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Pentagon says safeguards have been put up to make sure that US weapons are accounted for by Ukrainian forces after they've been transferred. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 20 Feb. 2023 Voters put up to 10 candidates in order from their most to least preferred. Fixing Our City Podcast, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Oct. 2022 Uber, which wants more of its drivers using zero-emissions vehicles, is partnering with Hertz to put up to half of the 100,000 Teslas the rental car company is buying from Elon Musk’s electric-automaker into operation on its network—with the first cars entering service next week. Alan Ohnsman, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 The group says a downtown loop could boost Waterfront Line ridership, stimulate economic development, and put up to 90% of Cleveland’s central business district within a 5-minute walk from a rail station. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 3 Dec. 2020 With such things in mind, El Nacional claims that Alemany could put up to 11 current first team stars on the chopping block. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2023 On both sides of Atkinson Street, tents were put up to keep out the cold, about 20 in all. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Feb. 2023 Schools that raise less than $75,000 can put up to 70% of their one-time allotment towards hiring a full-time employee. oregonlive, 2 Feb. 2023 The façade meant to welcome residents into the former high school was put up to cover up the hole that was left when the high school was cut in two, and the other half demolished to help make room for the library. Scott Turner | , al, 26 Jan. 2023 See More

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“Put (someone) up to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put%20%28someone%29%20up%20to. Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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