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put back

1. To return something to its previous location or position. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "back." No, put the chocolate back! You can't have any until dinner. I told you not to touch my phone—put it back, now!
2. To stall, delay, or postpone something until a later time or date. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "back." They decided to put back the release date of their war film as a sign of respect to the victims of the attack. We've put this product back too much already—I want it out and in people's hands by the first of May, come hell or high water!
3. To cause someone or something to become stalled, delayed, or postponed until a later time or date. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "back." I thought I'd get home in time for dinner, but traffic on the interstate put me back by about an hour. They were supposed to replace our fence back in October, but the terrible weather we've had this winter put them back until February. The labor strike has put the product's release back by three months and counting.
4. To eat or drink something, especially very quickly or with great enthusiasm. She put back three shots of whiskey in less than an hour and isn't even phased. I was so hungry, I put back two hamburgers and a full steak dinner.
5. To cause someone to feel astonished, shocked, disconcerted, or offended. Usually used in passive constructions. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "back." Her behavior put me back at first, but as the date went on we actually got along very well. I was rather put back by his comments, and I left the party as soon as I had a chance.
6. To cost one an amount of money. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "back." Getting the car fixed is going to put me back nearly a grand. It's estimated the failed product put the company back roughly $2 million. Any idea how much this repair is going to put me back?
See also: back, put

put something back

 
1. to return something to where it was before. Please put the book back when you finish it. Put back the book when you finish.
2. Go to set something back.
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put back

v.
1. To return something to the position from which it was taken: No, you may not eat another cookie, so put it back! I put back the books I'd taken from the shelf.
2. To drink completely: I put back four bottles of beer with dinner.
3. To reschedule something to an earlier time: They put the meeting back from 3:00 to noon. Let's put back the date a few weeks.
4. To cause someone or something to be delayed: We hoped to start painting the house this week, but the bad weather put us back several days. The lack of funds put back the project a few months.
5. To cause someone or something to be offended. Used chiefly in the passive: I was put back by their uncaring remarks.
See also: back, put
References in classic literature ?
Three more years of his work would have put us back fifty years into bondage--and look at all the lives wasted, at all the souls lost in that time."
"We went in with a lot of pressure on us, to bounce back the way we did put us back into the rhythm we needed.
Rennie added: "That was a great result from our perspective because it put us back in control.
'This game put us back to the ground in terms of preparation and I'm not saying this in a cocky way but Adamson gave us another challenge for this season,' Ravena, who finished with seven points and three rebounds, told reporters.
"A lot of the seniors from last year were at this game, and they told us to put us back on the map.
Steven Jones: "Yes we do, we also should have him as the leader of this country he would put us back on our feet."
"They want to do everything they can to put us back in our place."
Philip Hammond, a Chancellor with the gloomy air of an undertaker burying the Tory pledge to put us back in the black by 2020 is an admission that the Tories triumphed in 2015 by deceit.
"Hopefully this will put us back on the map and we'll build again."
The Chester win put us back on the map as a team with promotion ambitions.
Some of the cuts which put us back on somewhere nearing an even keel again ran very deep in this region and, while we would welcome the cash to dual the A1 to Edinburgh, extend the Metro system, etc, there's no point doing it if the long-term cost outweighs the gains to be had.
A senior British officer said: "The departure of the Pave Hawks has put us back to having no capability to winch."
"To get a win against Liverpool would be magnificent and would put us back in contention with the other teams."
If we get a decent result that will put us back on track."
I quite fancied Cinders And Ashes so I kept him onside and he was a good start before Sprinter Sacre put us back to square one in the next.