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put (one) down

1. To insult, mock, belittle, or disparage one. The boss is always putting me down in front of everyone in the office. It's really making my life miserable. Tommy, don't put your brother down like that—if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything.
2. To kill one. The marshal told the fugitive that he would put him down if he reached for his gun.
3. To euthanize an animal. We knew our poor dog was suffering, so we decided it was time to put her down.
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put an animal down

Euph. to take the life of an animal mercifully. We put down our old dog last year. It's kind to put fatally ill animals down.
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put someone or something down

1. Go to set someone or something down.
2. Fig. to belittle or degrade someone or something. It's an old car, but that's no reason to put it down. You put down everything you don't understand!
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put someone down (for something)

to put someone's name on a list of people who volunteer to do something or give an amount of money. Can I put you down for ten dollars? We're having a picnic, and you're invited. Everyone is bringing something. Can I put you down for potato salad?
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put something down

1. Fig. to repress or put a stop to something such as a riot or rebellion. The army was called to put down the rebellion. The police used tear gas to put the riot down.
2. Go to set something down.
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put down

1. Write down; also, enter in a list. For example, Please put down my name for a free ticket, or Put me down as a subscriber. [Second half of 1500s]
2. Bring to an end, repress, as in They managed to put down the rebellion in a single day, or We've got to put down these rumors about a takeover. [c. 1300]
3. Kill a sick animal, as in The vet said the dog must be put down. [Mid-1500s] Also see put away, def. 5.
4. Belittle, disparage, criticize, as in Her husband was always putting her down. [c. 1400] Also see run down, def. 6.
5. Ascribe, attribute, as in We put her poor performance down to stage fright. [Late 1700s]
6. Regard, classify, as in We put her down as a hypochondriac. [Mid-1800s]
7. Pay a deposit, as in We put down $2,000 for the car.
8. Store for future use, as in David put down ten cases of this year's Chablis. [Mid-1800s]
9. Land in an aircraft; also, land an aircraft, as in What time will we put down at Heathrow? or She put the plane down exactly on the runway. [c. 1930]
10. Put a child to bed, as in The sitter said she'd put Brian down at 8:30. [Second half of 1900s]
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put down

1. To set something on the surface of something: They put the boxes down on the floor. I put down my pen and looked up. We put a new carpet down.
2. To write down: I grabbed a piece of paper and quickly put down what she had just said. He put his address down on a slip of paper and handed it to me.
3. To assign someone to some task or obligation: We put John down to do the laundry and Mary to do the dishes. You can put me down for a $20 donation, and I'll send you a check next week.
4. To render something ineffective; repress something: We should put down any rumors that we might be leaving town. When the peasants organized a revolution, the dictator called in the army to put it down.
5. To criticize, berate, or insult someone or something: My boss is always putting me down for small mistakes. The teachers put down our knowledge of literature.
6. To kill some animal, especially a domesticated animal that is sick or suffering: We had to put down several cows that had gotten very ill. The vet put our dog down when it became too sick.
7. To put some child to bed: We put the baby down for a nap.
8. To land: The plane put down at O'Hare Airport.
9. To land some aircraft: The pilot put the plane down in a field.
10. To make some down payment: We just put down a deposit on a new house. If I put $100 down today, can I pay the rest next month?
11. put down to To attribute some event to some cause: They put the boating accident down to the captain's inexperience.
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References in classic literature ?
Doubtless, he thinks to put us down with a proclamation in Old Noll's name!"
Now, in my time, when we got home by the old coach, which put us down at the cross-roads with our boxes, the first day of the holidays, and had been driven off by the family coachman, singing "Dulce Domum" at the top of our voices, there we were, fixtures, till black Monday came round.
The stage-coach was to put us down near Covent Garden, where we were to take another stage-coach for Highgate.
"Henry is going to drive home with your mother, and I suggest that they should put us down half-way and let us walk back."
"We needed a steal to come back in this game, so we took that, went out there, got a steal, hit a big shot, put us down 3.
"I don't think many people will put us down on their coupon away at Middlesbrough.
"The key moment was obviously the red card and the yellow card that followed it, which put us down to 13-men but the effort, the commitment from this group of players, away from home was superb and I'm very proud of that."
but honestly, every time somebody is using my son's picture, no matter what the reason is, it will put us down to zero with our feelings and bring back the pain,'" said Tima.
"We were one goal in front, there was an equaliser, and that was the situation last week that put us down.
A lot of people put us down before we had that fantastic run of 10 games after we won against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Hardy Aimes: Put us down for a coloured suit this season especially such a regal one.
We all shot well but some of our 8s put us down. The crowd was really good.
Why do they want to put us down for trying to make a buck?
"I was in India a couple of years ago, myself and the missus (partner), and we were wandering down a street in Madras and next minute we heard this huge Indian wedding, this mega thing, so I said, 'Let's go in and have a look' and we went in and they brought us in and welcomed us and put us down beside the bride and groom, and they were doing karaoke - (they) hadn't a clue who we were!