put (something) past (someone)

put (something) past (someone)

To believe that someone is incapable or unwilling to engage in some sort of extreme behavior or action. Usually used in negative constructions. A: "Do you think Joe stole the money?" B: "Honestly, I wouldn't put it past him. He has no conscience." You're more naïve than I thought if you would put unauthorized spying on private citizens past the government.
See also: past, put
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put past

v.
To believe some action, especially an extreme action, to be of a kind that someone would not do. Often used negatively: I wouldn't put it past those kids to try to climb to the top of the flagpole. Would you put murder past these thugs?
See also: past, put
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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