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put upon

v.
To impose on someone; overburden someone. Used chiefly in the passive: My teacher is often put upon by the students.
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Liberty would be worth any cost that might be put upon it now.
I then begged him to go and suggest a distance, for my mind was growing weak and confused under the strain which had been put upon it.
When Colin was on his sofa and the breakfast for two was put upon the table he made an announcement to the nurse in his most Rajah-like manner.
I bought a country dress to put upon her; and I know'd that, once found, she would walk beside me over them stony roads, go where I would, and never, never, leave me more.
Joe was prodigiously busy in getting the house ready for the festivities of the day, and Joe had been put upon the kitchen door-step to keep him out of the dust-pan - an article into which his destiny always led him sooner or later, when my sister was vigorously reaping the floors of her establishment.
Before the spinet a bench was placed, about four feet below the keys, and I was put upon the bench.
The accused man admitted that he had kept Ali Cogia's vase in his shop; but he denied having touched it, and swore that as to what it contained he only knew what Ali Cogia had told him, and called them all to witness the insult that had been put upon him.
And he increased the price put upon Robin's head, in the hope that the best men of the kingdom could be induced to try their skill at a capture.
His reply was the deadliest affront he could have put upon Than Kosis and the Zodangans, but his people love him the more for it and his strength in Helium is greater today than ever.
slain by the putrefactive and disease bacteria against which their systems were unpre- pared; slain as the red weed was being slain; slain, after all man's devices had failed, by the humblest things that God, in his wisdom, has put upon this earth.
Of the disgrace put upon me," said he to me, "I am innocent.
It is always good for young people to be put upon exerting themselves; and you know, my dear Catherine, you always were a sad little scatter-brained creature; but now you must have been forced to have your wits about you, with so much changing of chaises and so forth; and I hope it will appear that you have not left anything behind you in any of the pockets.
Ten thousand unthinkably atrocious deaths could not atone for the affront that you have put upon me.
Ah," he continued with a malicious snarl, "but the Earth man shall suffer for the indignities he has put upon the holy of holies, nor shall any vileness be too vile to inflict upon his princess.
I thought it did seem strange to him: that a needless constraint was put upon him by excessive consideration for my feelings.