put up to
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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 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.
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.