put (someone or something) in the shade

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of put (someone or something) in the shade

chiefly British, informal
:to be much better than (someone or something)
  • Their performance really put ours in the shade.

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

shade play
  1. : comparative darkness or obscurity owing to interception of the rays of light

  2. : relative obscurity or retirement

  3. : shelter (as by foliage) from the heat and glare of sunlight

  1. : to shelter or screen by intercepting radiated light or heat

  2. : to cover with a shade

  3. : to hide partly by or as if by a shadow


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