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put (one) up for (something)

To offer, nominate, or put one forward for a position, job, or other consideration. The CEO put his daughter up for the position of company president. I was surprised to learn that my manager was putting me up for the promotion.
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put (one) up to (something)

To cause, persuade, or pressure one to do or engage in something considered mischievous, ill considered, or malicious. He was always putting his younger brother up to playing pranks on other people. No one put me up to it—I just really wanted to get a tattoo.
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put (something) up for (something)

1. To select or offer something for sale. I can't believe he's putting up his whole record collection for sale—he must really be strapped for cash! The bank put their house up for auction when they couldn't pay their mortgage any longer.
2. To subject something to some process or activity. I think we should put this decision up for a vote. After all, it will have a major impact on every employee in the company. The issue will be put up for discussion at our next meeting, so let's hold off talking about it for now.
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put (something) up to (someone or something)

1. To allow something to be decided by some process. Look, I think the easiest way to solve this is to just put the matter up to a vote.
2. To present something to someone or some group in order to be discussed, considered, decided, etc. The issue was put up to the committee, but they've yet to give us an answer. We'll need to put the proposal up to the board of directors for approval.
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put up

1. To mount, build, or erect something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "up." They're putting up high-rise apartments all over town. Would you mind putting this bookshelf up for me?
2. To preserve food for long-term storage, typically by canning. A noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "up." We get so many peaches from our garden each season that I put most of them up to sell at the market.
3. To supply or provide some or all of the money necessary to fund something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "up." My work is putting up the cash for me to get my MBA. We'll agree to put up half of the down payment, but it's up to you to pay for the rest yourself.
4. To provide one with overnight accommodation, especially temporarily. A noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "up." We're putting up Jen's brother for a couple of weeks while he looks for a new apartment. The airline offered to put me up at a hotel for the night.
5. To take action or steps to resolve something that one dislikes. Primarily used in the phrase "put up or shut up." You keep moaning that you don't have any meaningful friendships, but you don't do anything to try to form some. Either put up or shut up!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

put someone up (for something)

to nominate or offer someone for some office or task. I put Henry up for club president. We put up Shannon for treasurer.
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put someone up

to provide lodging for someone. I hope I can find someone to put me up. They were able to put up John for the night.
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put something up

1. to build a building, a sign, a fence, a wall, etc. We'll put a garage up next month. The city put up a fence next to our house.
2. to store and preserve food by canning or freezing. This year we'll put some strawberries up. We put up a lot of tomatoes every year.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

put up

1. Erect, build; also, lift to a higher position. For example, They put up three new houses on our street, or She looks more grownup when she puts up her hair in a bun. [c. 1600]
2. Preserve, can, as in She put up countless jars of jam. [Early 1800s]
3. Nominate, as in Tom put up Peter for president. [Late 1500s]
4. Provide funds, especially in advance, as in They put up nearly a million for the new museum.
5. put someone up. Provide lodgings for, as in We can put you up for the night. [Mid-1700s]
6. Startle game from cover, as in The hunter put up three grouse. [Late 1400s]
7. Offer for sale, as in They had to put up their last antiques. [Early 1700s]
8. Make a display or appearance of, as in They were actually broke but put up a good front. [First half of 1800s]
9. Do well in a contest, as in They put up a good fight. [Late 1800s]
10. Stake money for a bet, as in Each player put up ten dollars. [Mid-1800s]
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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 up

1. To place something in a high or upright position: I put the books up on the shelf. I put up the hood on my rain jacket. I put my hair up in a bun.
2. To place something in a prominent position: They put signs up all over town, hoping someone would recognize their lost cat. The superintendent put up a notice on the door advising residents to conserve water.
3. To erect some structure: They're going to put up three new apartment buildings on this street. The children put a tent up in the backyard and slept outside.
4. To nominate someone: The committee put up three new candidates for mayor. The Green Party put candidates up in many races.
5. To preserve some food by jarring, canning, or salting: He put up six jars of jam. She put half the cucumbers up for pickles.
6. To provide some amount of money for some purpose: The company put up half of the money for the new park. The agency put $1,000 up toward the scholarship fund.
7. To provide lodgings for someone: Could you put me up for the night? I put up my guests in the spare bedroom.
8. To startle deliberately some animal that one is hunting: We put up the pheasants but didn't manage to shoot any.
9. To offer something, especially for sale: I put up some of my antique furniture to raise money for my trip. They put their house up for sale and moved to Houston.
10. To make a display or appearance of something: They put up a good bluff, but I knew they were lying.
11. To engage in something; carry on something: The boxer certainly put up a good fight.
12. put up to To persuade someone to commit some funny, mischievous, or malicious act: My older brother put me up to making a prank telephone call.
13. put up with To tolerate someone or something: I can't put up with that awful noise from next door.
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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.

put someone up

tv. to provide someone with temporary shelter; to let someone stay the night. Can you put me up for a few days?
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Then sending some kind messages to Mary she put something into his hand, saying, "There is five shillings each for the two children; Mary will know how to spend it."
The children were amazed hear that the more the Quakers were scourged, and imprisoned, and banished, the more did the sect increase, both by the influx of strangers and by converts from among the Puritans, But Grandfather told them that God had put something into the soul of man, which always turned the cruelties of the persecutor to naught.
An hour later the two Poles who, earlier in the day, had been expelled from the Casino, made a reappearance behind the old lady's chair, and renewed their offers of service--even if it were only to be sent on messages; but from Potapitch I subsequently had it that between these rascals and the said "gentleman of honour" there passed a wink, as well as that the latter put something into their hands.
I think that if we put something over his face he will be safe until morning."
The member of the fluffy classes was injured, exasperated, left the house grumbling, met somebody who proposed to him to go in for some share in this Bank business, went in, put something in his pocket which had nothing in it before, and relieved his mind extremely.
And if they didn't get sick fast enough, I could put something in the meat I sell 'em to make 'em sick, see?"
'You must be a witch, Cat- skin,' said the cook; 'for you always put something into your soup, so that it pleases the king better than mine.' However, he let her go up as before.
"I'll drive you to a chemist's and put something on that.
"Pretty soon after I looked at him through that knot-hole, w'en you had put something in his w'isky, you derned Borgia!"
His own wanderings on the Continent gave him the subject for this poem, for Goldsmith, like Milton, put something of himself into all his best works.
Rostov hurriedly put something on his feet, drew on his dressing gown, and went out.
She said, out of pity for him, "I shall give you a kiss if you like," but though he once knew he had long forgotten what kisses are, and he replied, "Thank you," and held out his hand, thinking she had offered to put something into it.
"Oughtn't you to put something round your shoulders, Sally?" Mary asked, in rather a condescending tone of voice, feeling a sort of pity for the enthusiastic ineffective little woman.
Not one was left upon them that night, when he put something that chinked into the doctor's greasy palm.
Craddock had heard the knocking and the voices at last; and, only waiting to put something smarter on her head than her nightcap, ran down into the front drawing-room to make sure that it was the right party.
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