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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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Synonyms for put-up

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Brissett’s yards-per-attempt (6.8) trails far behind the numbers put up by the other four, who all rank in the top 10 in the NFL in yards per attempt. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: If 'Run the Damn Ball' is going to work, Colts have to hit more big passing plays," 22 Nov. 2019 Hathaway has been a strong addition for the Capitals, putting up two goals and five assists and adding some grit that was missing last season. Stephen Whyno, baltimoresun.com, "Capitals brace for Hathaway to be suspended for spitting," 19 Nov. 2019 Mobley has proven to be one of the best receivers around Central Florida, putting up huge numbers this season at undefeated Masters, which plays for the Sunshine State championship on Saturday night in Lakeland. Chris Hays, orlandosentinel.com, "Coastal Carolina hits recruiting trail hard in Central Florida, lands 3 commitments," 14 Nov. 2019 But not nearly as many points as Young, the former University of Oklahoma sharpshooter, put up during the contest. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Monte Morris: Nuggets “just weren’t there” vs. Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks," 13 Nov. 2019 King streets often end up in struggling communities because white, affluent areas put up stiff resistance, Dr. Alderman said. John Eligon, New York Times, "Kansas City Voters Remove Martin Luther King’s Name From Boulevard," 5 Nov. 2019 Devon Hunter, Avon: The junior put up another big rushing performance for the second straight week. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Sore Joey Suchy just happy to be undefeated at Mayfield: HS football Week 10 top performers," 4 Nov. 2019 There is no doubt that Arsenal will put up a fight, especially considering a number of second-string players will be keen to prove a point to their manager against Liverpool. SI.com, "Liverpool vs Arsenal Preview: Where To Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 28 Oct. 2019 Quarterback quandry: Even with the offense stuck in a rut, Lewerke remains the QB who appears to give MSU the best chance to put up points and move the ball, particularly against the three seemingly inferior remaining opponents. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football: There are many, many things to fix during the bye week," 26 Oct. 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put-up?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=p&file=putup001. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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