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Definition of put-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: arranged secretly beforehand a put-up job

put up

put up; putting up; puts up

Definition of put up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to place in a container or receptacle put his lunch up in a bag
b : to put away (a sword) in a scabbard : sheathe
c : to prepare so as to preserve for later use : can
d : to put in storage
2 : to start (game animals) from cover
3 : to nominate for election
4 : to offer up (something, such as a prayer)
6 : to make available especially : to offer for public sale put their possessions up for auction
7 : to give food and shelter to : accommodate
8 : to arrange (a plot, a scheme, etc.) with others put up a job to steal the jewels
10a : to make a display of put up a brave front
b : to engage in put up a struggle
11a : contribute, pay put up bail money
b : to offer as a prize or stake
12 chiefly British : to increase the amount of : raise
13 : to succeed in producing or achieving an athlete who has put up big numbers also : score sense 4a(1) put up 20 points

intransitive verb

1 : lodge
2 : to take direct action used in the phrase put up or shut up
put one up to
: to incite one to (a course of action) they put him up to playing the prank
put up with
: to endure or tolerate without complaint or attempt at reprisal

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Examples of put-up in a Sentence

Verb the builders put up the walls before starting on the roof plans to put up a pavilion in the public gardens
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If Democrats are able to wrangle enough votes in the Senate to call former national security adviser John Bolton to testify, Trump’s legal defense may put up a fight over executive privilege. Tessa Berenson, Time, "Alan Dershowitz, Kenneth Starr to Join Trump Impeachment Defense Team," 17 Jan. 2020 Modi still has four more years left of his second term -- and for now, opposition parties aren't putting up a cohesive fight, says Malhotra. Manveena Suri, CNN, "Protests and a weakening economy spell a rocky road ahead for India's Narendra Modi," 16 Jan. 2020 The opposition Singapore Democratic Party doesn’t think so, and is putting up a fight. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Singapore’s fake news law is facing its first real challenge in court," 14 Jan. 2020 The Bucks pulled ahead early and never relinquished their lead, even as the Blazers desperately tried to put up a fight against the NBA’s best team. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers routed 122-101 by Milwaukee Bucks: Game rewind," 12 Jan. 2020 Underclassmen registered sacks and tackles for loss, and put up a surprising fight against an SEC offensive line. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "'Why not us?' How does Indiana football outrun its history after Gator Bowl letdown?," 3 Jan. 2020 Illinois State, led by Rey Idowu's 14 points, put up a fight in the first half, but failed to keep up as Sharpe settled into his zone. J.l. Kirven, Cincinnati.com, "'Slumpbuster': Tyler Sharpe's career day helps Northern Kentucky take down Illinois State," 15 Dec. 2019 Prediction Seahawks 31, Panthers 17 The Panthers put up a strong fight in Week 13 against the New Orleans Saints, but their other games over the past four weeks have included two blowout losses to the Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers odds, picks, and best bets," 12 Dec. 2019 Mervo put up a fight against Linganore, a perennial state football powerhouse, but the Mustangs came up a bit short Friday night. Jeff Seidel, baltimoresun.com, "Mervo comes up short against powerful Linganore, 27-25, in Class 3A state semifinals," 29 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of put-up


1810, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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“Put-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put%20up. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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