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put someone or something over
to succeed in making someone or something be accepted. The public relations expert helped put John over to the public. Do you think we can put this new product over?
put something over
to accomplish something; to put something across. (See also put someone or something over.) This is a very hard thing to explain to a large audience. I hope I can put over the main points. This is a big request for money. I go before the board of directors this afternoon, and I hope I can put it over.
1. Make successful, bring off, as in Do you think we can put over this play? [Early 1900s]
2. Make something or someone be understood or accepted, as in The public relations staff helped put our candidate over to the public. [Early 1900s]
3. put over on. Fool, deceive, as in We can't put anything over on Tom. [Early 1900s]
4. Delay, postpone, as in The meeting was put over until tomorrow. [Early 1500s] Also see put off.