put it to somebody that...

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

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