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1. To place someone or something within something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "in." I put the baby in her playpen and then went to answer the phone. Put the dog in so we can leave.
2. To submit or enter something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "in." We put our order in over a month ago, but the shipment still hasn't arrived. The attorney put in a guilty plea in exchange for a lighter sentence for his client.
3. To spend a particular amount of time doing something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "in." My son likes video games, but a friend of his puts in over six hours a day! I've been putting in a lot of overtime lately as we get ready to launch our new website. I need to put some extra time in over the weekend.
4. To exert, assert, or expend something (usually "effort"). A noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "in." They played competently, but they just didn't put in enough effort to win. If you don't put your best effort in, there's no way they'll consider you for the job.
5. To set up or install. A noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "in." They're putting in a new meterless parking system across the city that uses your smartphone to pay instead. We had to put a second router in so we could get Wi-Fi throughout the house. I heard that the neighbors are going to put in a pool in their back yard.
6. In team sports, for a coach to have a player enter the game. I hope coach puts me in tomorrow. I had to sit on the bench last game. It looks like they're putting in their backup quarterback.
put in at (some place)
To dock or moor a boat or other vessel at some location, especially temporarily. We'll have to put in at one of the islands off the coast to refuel.
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put someone in(side) (something)
to place or insert someone inside something. The sheriff put Roger inside the cell and locked the door. He opened the cell door and put Roger in.
put something in
to submit something, such as an order, request, or demand. In fact, I put the order in some time ago. I put in a request for a new monitor.
put something in(side someone or something)
to place or insert something inside someone or something. The surgeon put a tube inside Chuck and left it there to drain fluid. While you have the closet door open, will you put this in?
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Make a formal offer of, as in a court of law. For example, He put in a plea of not guilty. [Mid-1400s]
3. Spend time at a location or job, as in He put in three years at hard labor, or She put in eight hours a day at her desk. [Mid-1800s]
4. Plant, as in We put in thirty new trees. [Early 1800s]
5. Enter a port or harbor, as in The yacht will put in here for the night. [Early 1600s]
6. put in for. Request or apply for something, as in I put in for a raise, or John put in for department supervisor. [c. 1600]
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.
1. To place someone or something on the inside of or within something: Put the key in the ignition and start the car. Let me put these flowers in water. The recipe says to put in two cups of sugar. They put them in jail for robbery.
2. To set something into some state or position: She put the car in first gear and drove away. During the summer, I usually put my hair in a ponytail.
3. To make a formal offer of something: The defendant put in a plea of not guilty. I put an offer in on the house.
4. To introduce some information, as in a conversation: Will you put in a good word for me at the next meeting?
5. To spend or expend something at some task: I put in eight hours at the office. You should put more effort in this project. The actor put in a strong performance.
6. To plant or build something, especially on the ground: We put in 20 rows of pine trees. They tore the shed down and put a pool in.
7. To install something: We put in a new washing machine. The electrician put a new outlet in.
8. To enter a port or harbor. Used of sailing vessels: The freighter put in at San Diego to refuel.
9. put in for To apply for something: I put in for a pay raise, but I doubt I'll get it.
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.