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put (something) down to (something else)

To regard a situation, action, or outcome as being the result of some specific aspect, condition, or event. The runner put her leg pain down to simple muscle fatigue, but she was shocked to learn that it was due to deep vein thrombosis. I put most of my success down to the excellent teaching I received in secondary school.
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put something down to something

 and set something down to something
to explain something as being caused by something else. I put his bad humor down to his illness. We set your failure down to your emotional upset.
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References in classic literature ?
Yet he has related the incident herein set down to at least one person without exacting a pledge of secrecy.
SERENA Williams survived another scare at the French Open as the American battled back from a set down to beat Timea Bacsinszky and secure her place in the final.
Seventh seed Carla Suarez Navarro succeeded where Petkovic and Jankovic failed as she recovered from going a set down to earn a determined 3-6 6-2 6-1 win over Bulgarian Tsvetana T Pironkova.
The Bulgarian underdog fought back from a set down to dump Murray 4–6 7–6 (7–5) 7–6 (7–3) and reach today's final of the Mexican Open.
Federer, who recovered from a set down to stun world No.
Summary: Seoul: Polish top seed Agnieszka Radwanska rallied from a set down to win the Korea .
Both men's pairs were competitive throughout in their opening matches, each recovering from a set down to force a decider only to lose those narrowly.
The Belgian ace stormed into the quarter-finals of the Ladbrokes World Championship yesterday, coming from a set down to beat much-fancied Paul Nicholson 4-1.
Summary: Reigning Wimbledon women's champion Serena Williams fought back from a set down to progress to the next round at SW19.
Last year's finalist Dinara Safina was a straight-sets winner over Elena Baltacha while third seed Svetlana Kuznetsova had to come from a set down to beat unseeded German Angelique Kerber in a match that finished at 1.
WORLD number one Roger Federer admitted he needed to ride his luck as he battled back from a set down to overcome Igor Andreev in his first-round match at the Australian Open.
ANDY Murray fought back from a set down to defeat world number two Roger Federer and progress through to the final of the Madrid Masters.
American wildcard Vania King came from a set down to beat Anne Kremer of Luxembourg in the Pacific Life Open first round in California.
Dementieva came back from a set down to beat Bethanie Mattek 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.
Surface casing has been set down to 463 feet and operations will continue 24 hours a day until drilling is completed.