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put someone up to something

to cause someone to do something; to give someone the idea of doing something. Who put you up to throwing the party? Nobody put me up to it. I thought it up myself.
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put somebody up to something/doing something

to encourage someone to do something, esp. something wrong or not wise My mom didn't believe I could think of doing anything on my own, so she wanted to know who put me up to staying out all night. Did you put your little sister up to pouring sugar all over the floor?
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put (someone) up to

To cause to commit a funny, mischievous, or malicious act: My older brother put me up to making a prank telephone call.
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