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put back

1. To return something to its previous location or position. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "back." No, put the chocolate back! You can't have any until dinner. I told you not to touch my phone—put it back, now!
2. To stall, delay, or postpone something until a later time or date. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "back." They decided to put back the release date of their war film as a sign of respect to the victims of the attack. We've put this product back too much already—I want it out and in people's hands by the first of May, come hell or high water!
3. To cause someone or something to become stalled, delayed, or postponed until a later time or date. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "back." I thought I'd get home in time for dinner, but traffic on the interstate put me back by about an hour. They were supposed to replace our fence back in October, but the terrible weather we've had this winter put them back until February. The labor strike has put the product's release back by three months and counting.
4. To eat or drink something, especially very quickly or with great enthusiasm. She put back three shots of whiskey in less than an hour and isn't even phased. I was so hungry, I put back two hamburgers and a full steak dinner.
5. To cause someone to feel astonished, shocked, disconcerted, or offended. Usually used in passive constructions. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "back." Her behavior put me back at first, but as the date went on we actually got along very well. I was rather put back by his comments, and I left the party as soon as I had a chance.
6. To cost one an amount of money. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "back." Getting the car fixed is going to put me back nearly a grand. It's estimated the failed product put the company back roughly $2 million. Any idea how much this repair is going to put me back?
See also: back, put

put something back

 
1. to return something to where it was before. Please put the book back when you finish it. Put back the book when you finish.
2. Go to set something back.
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put back

v.
1. To return something to the position from which it was taken: No, you may not eat another cookie, so put it back! I put back the books I'd taken from the shelf.
2. To drink completely: I put back four bottles of beer with dinner.
3. To reschedule something to an earlier time: They put the meeting back from 3:00 to noon. Let's put back the date a few weeks.
4. To cause someone or something to be delayed: We hoped to start painting the house this week, but the bad weather put us back several days. The lack of funds put back the project a few months.
5. To cause someone or something to be offended. Used chiefly in the passive: I was put back by their uncaring remarks.
See also: back, put
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accurate and road within already bein"The tender stage of the project has been put back whilst we work with utility companies to mitigate costly service diversions.
His solicitor Darragh Mackin said it was put back over the non-appearance in court of some defendants.
On 13th of the current month, the Plant was targeted by terrorists with rocket shells and then put back into service after more than eight- day halt where it began to feed the electrical grid with 66 megawatts.
Everton have also confirmed that their trip to Southampton in November has been put back 24 hours to Sunday, November 27, due to the Saints' involvement in the Europa League that week.
Accordingly, the first round has been put back to Tuesday, June 28.
Sentencing of the case has been repeatedly put back because of the time it takes in getting mental health reports together.
It may well have been the work of a thief who was interrupted, but I find it strange that the hub caps were put back on.
However, this game would be put back to the following day if Newcastle qualify for the group stages.
The trial was put back from next week to the spring after Perth Sheriff Court heard Ferguson was having treatment for an overactive thyroid.
Spurs' Europa League schedule means that Sunderland's trip to White Hart Lane has been put back 24 hours to Sunday, December 18 (3pm).
At some point--unlike Humpty Dumpty who couldn't be put back together again-your equipment is put back together in like-new condition.
Summary: Harry Redknapp has revealed that Ledley King's groin operation has been put back to next week because the defender lost his passport.
Of course you will always get one who will do a runner, only to be caught and put back into closed prison.
Summary: The north African branch of al-Qaeda, which was threatening to kill a French hostage, has put back an ultimatum that was due to expire at midnight, a Malian negotiator said on Saturday.
1 : to put back in good condition : fix <Can you repair this broken toy?