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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.
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.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
put someone up to something
to cause someone to do something; to give someone the idea of doing something. Who put you up to throwing the party? Nobody put me up to it. I thought it up myself.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
put (someone) up to
To cause to commit a funny, mischievous, or malicious act: My older brother put me up to making a prank telephone call.
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.