put it to

put it to (one)

1. To suggest or introduce something for one's consideration; to bring something to one's attention. 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 a passage to her diary as a means of providing an alibi. I stormed into that meeting to put it to them that this policy is going to destroy many employees' careers.
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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.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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