put (something) behind (oneself)

phrasal verb

put (something) behind (oneself); putting (something) behind (oneself); puts (something) behind (oneself)
: to stop worrying about or being upset by (something that happened in the past)
It was a disappointing loss, but we need to put it behind us and focus on winning the next game.

Examples of put (something) behind (oneself) in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web China has an ambitious target of around 5% economic growth this year, seeking to put behind recent troubles in the property sector and the lingering effects of the disruptions that came from the pandemic. Yuri Kageyama, Quartz, 3 Apr. 2024 Past novels have hinted at the criminal past Lewis has tried to put behind him. Journal Sentinel, 31 Jan. 2024 This Starter Pack is the worst of it, but after players complained that individual shaders were being put behind paywalls, guess what? Paul Tassi, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 The film has long since put behind it the unfair reputation as an artistic failure following the brutal coverage of its production and initial underperformance at the box office. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2023 Having recently visited Gettysburg, what came into focus was Lincoln’s insistence that Americans appeal to the better and braver angels of our nature, and put behind them a war that remains the deadliest in our history. Rich Logis, The New Republic, 17 Aug. 2023 That was a late-season trend last season the QB is trying to put behind him. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Aug. 2023 The first day of preseason camp symbolizes a fresh start for most college football teams — a chance to put behind last year and methodically work toward something new. Trevor Hass, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Aug. 2023 Lukashenko’s regime jailed the main opposition figures but faced a new slate of rivals led by women, including the wife of an activist who was put behind bars. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 13 July 2023

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“Put (something) behind (oneself).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put%20%28something%29%20behind%20%28oneself%29. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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