put it to (one)

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put it to (one)

1. To bring something to one's attention; to suggest or bring up something for one's consideration. It's an interesting proposal; I'll put it to the board of directors next week.
2. To accuse one of something with the intention of seeing whether they will deny it or can argue against it. Typically followed by "that" and the accusation. I put it to her that she had added writing to her diary as a means of providing her with an alibi. I stormed into that meeting to put it to them that this policy is going to destroy many employees' careers.
See also: put

put it to

1. Present for consideration, as in Let's put it to a vote, or I put it to you, I did the best I could under the circumstances. [Mid-1700s]
2. Present something in a forceful, candid manner to someone, as in I can't put it to you any more clearly-stay away from the electrical equipment.
3. Overburden with tasks or work, as in They really put it to him, expecting to do all the packing.
4. Blame on, as in They didn't know who broke the window so they put it to Sam.
5. Take unfair advantage, cheat, as in That used-car dealer really put it to Betty.
See also: put

put it to someone

make a statement or allegation to someone and challenge them to deny it.
See also: put, someone

ˈput it to somebody that...

(formal) suggest something to somebody to see if they can argue against it: I put it to you that you are the only person who had a motive for the crime.
See also: put, somebody

put it to (someone)

1. To overburden with tasks or work.
2. To put blame on.
3. To take unfair advantage of.
4. To lay out the facts of a situation to (another) in a forceful candid manner.
5. To defeat soundly; trounce.
See also: put