put the wind up (someone)

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of put the wind up (someone)

British, informal
: to make (someone) afraid or nervous
  • I tried to put the wind up him by threatening to call the police.

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

wind play
  1. : a natural movement of air of any velocity

  2. : an artificially produced movement of air

  3. : solar wind, stellar wind

  1. : to detect or follow by scent

  2. : to expose to the air or wind : dry by exposing to air

  3. : to make short of breath

  1. : to cause (something, such as a horn) to sound by blowing : blow

  2. : to sound (a call or note) on a horn

  3. : to produce a sound on a horn

  1. : weave

  2. : entangle, involve

  3. : to introduce sinuously or stealthily : insinuate

  1. : a mechanism (such as a winch) for winding

  2. : an act of winding : the state of being wound

  3. : coil, turn

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody


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