put (something) through

put (something) through

To initiate something that succeeds in being accepted, implemented, or completed. In my time as senator, I put through a number of legislative measures that helped curb inner-city violence.
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put someone or something through (to someone)

to put someone's telephone call through to someone. Will you please put me through to the international operator? Please put my call through.
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put someone through something

to cause someone to have to endure something. The doctor said he hated to put me through all these tests, but that it was medically necessary.
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put through

1. Bring to a successful conclusion, as in We put through a number of new laws. [Mid-1800s]
2. Make a telephone connection, as in Please put me through to the doctor. [Late 1800s]
3. Cause to undergo, especially something difficult or troublesome, as in He put me through a lot during this last year. The related expression, put someone through the wringer, means "to give someone a hard time," as in The lawyer put the witness through the wringer. The wringer alluded to is the old-fashioned clothes wringer, in which clothes are pressed between two rollers to extract moisture. [First half of 1900s]
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put through

v.
1. To cause something to pass from one side of a boundary, threshold, or opening to the other: I put the thread through the eye of the needle.
2. To bring something to completion: They put the project through on time.
3. To cause someone or something to complete a process, especially a process of approval: Congress has recently put through a number of new laws. I had to work two jobs to put my child through college.
4. To cause someone or something to undergo or experience something unpleasant or difficult: They put me through a lot of trouble. We put all our products through a series of tests.
5. To connect some telephone call or caller: Can you put the call through to my office? The operator put me through on the office line.
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