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.

Examples of put (someone) up to in a Sentence

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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 19 Jul. 2024.

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