to put down




Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - put down

"to put down"

to set something on a surface

 

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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - put down

"to put down"

to write something

 

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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - put down

"to put down"

to assign someone to a task or obligation

 

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Idiom Definition 4

Idiom Definition - put down

"to put down"

to make something ineffective

 

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Idiom Definition 5

Idiom Definition - put down

"to put down"

to criticize, berate or insult

 

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Idiom Definition 6

Idiom Definition - put down

"to put down"

to kill an animal that is sick or suffering

 

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Idiom Definition 7

Idiom Definition - put down

"to put down"

to put a child to bed

 

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Idiom Definition 8

Idiom Definition - put down

"to put down"

to land an aircraft

 

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Idiom Definition 9

Idiom Definition - put down

"to put down"

to make a down payment

 

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Idiom Definition 10

Idiom Definition - put down

"to put down"

to eat food

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - put down

A group of students are taking an exam ...

Teacher:  OK everyone. Time is up. Please put down your pens and hand in your exams.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - put down

An employee has requested a meeting with the boss ...

Boss:  How can I help?

Employee:  A number of us employees have some safety concerns we'd like taken care of.

Boss:  That's fine. Please put your concerns down on paper and then we can take a look at them.

Employee:  Good. I'll write our concerns out in a report.


Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - put down

Two supervisors are talking ...

Supervisor 1:  Have you found a task for Alfred?

Supervisor 2:  I think he should take care of sweeping.

Supervisor 1:  Sounds good. Let's get that on the work schedule.

Supervisor 2:  OK.  I'll put Alfred down for sweeping.


Idiom Scenario 4

Idiom Definition - put down

Two executives are talking ...

Executive 1:  Have you heard the rumors of our company being taken over?

Executive 2:  That is simply not true. Nothing of the sort is happening.

Executive 1:  Then we had better put down these rumors before the employees start getting nervous.

Executive 2:  I agree. I'll write a memo that dispels these rumors completely.


Idiom Scenario 5

Idiom Definition - put down

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How's work?

Friend 2:  Pretty bad.

Friend 1:  Why is that?

Friend 2:  It seems that no matter how well I do my job or how hard I work, my boss keeps putting me down.

Friend 1:  That's a difficult situation to endure when the boss is always insulting and criticizing you.


Idiom Scenario 6

Idiom Definition - put down

A couple are talking about their very sick, dying pet ...

Husband:  Poor Spot. He's suffering so much.

Wife:  I suppose that fifteen years old is very old for a dog.

Husband:  Yes, very old. And now look at him suffer. The veterinarian says there is no hope.

Wife:  Then, I suppose that we had better have poor Spot put down.


Idiom Scenario 7

Idiom Definition - put down

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  Look, dear. It's already nine o'clock. Guess it's time for the kids to go to bed.

Husband:  OK. I'll put them down for the night.

Wife:  Thanks.


Idiom Scenario 8

Idiom Definition - put down

A pilot is announcing that the flight will be ending soon ...

Pilot:  Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. We will be landing soon. We are right on schedule and I expect that I will be putting this aircraft down in twenty-two minutes. In preparation for landing ...


Idiom Scenario 9

Idiom Definition - put down

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Did you buy the purse?

Friend 2:  Well, almost. It is just so very expensive.

Friend 1:  What do you mean, almost?

Friend 2:  I put half the money down and will pay the other half next week.

Friend 1:  So, at this point, the purse is half yours.


Idiom Scenario 10

Idiom Definition - put down

Two mothers are talking about their sons ...

Mother 1:  The boys came over to my house yesterday after their hike.

Mother 2:  Did you feed them?

Mother 1:  Of course. The sure ate a lot.

Mother 2:  Yes. I remember feeding them last week. I just couldn't imagine how they could put down so much food.

Mother 1:  Well, they are growing boys after all.





to put down - Usage:

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to put down - Gerund Form:

Putting down your pencil may signify that you are finished your exam.

Putting it down on paper makes it official.

Putting down the new employee for clean-up detail is natural.

Putting down office rumors may avoid future trouble.

Putting down your boss behind her back is dangerous.

Putting down your dog when it is very sick is an act of kindness.

Putting down your child when it is bedtime is normal.

Putting down a jumbo jet on a runway is not easy.

Putting money down on a large purchase begins the process of ownership.



to put down - Examples:

1)   Don't just put down people because they are not a roughneck or an oil company shill.

2)  8 million animals have already been impounded in the U.S., and roughly 10,000 are put down daily. 

3)  We're not sure what happened after the camera was put down.

4)  Even if I cut back and put down a huge down payment or invested extra money to fix up a house it would be almost impossible.

5)  The early church thought they could put down controversy and solve division by keeping Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians in separate places.

6)  The memoir is painful to read but difficult to put down, and it is impossible to finish without being affected.

7)  Lincoln called upon the states to provide 75,000 soldiers to put down the rebellion.

8)  This would enable speculators to put down 1% equity -- say, $1 million to borrow $99 million and buy Chinese bonds.

9)  She furtively looks around to get an idea which city to put down as her residence.

10)  I took everything that I was going to put down on the car and put it in a new ING account.

11)  If you believe in a religion of outreach... yelling and putting down scientists by mocking their ideas is not exactly a good form of preaching.

12)  I just wish Americans would stop putting down other countries or trying to force our will on them.

13)  They're the rabid dogs that need putting down.

14)  I have trouble putting down some thing new once I start it.

15)  She kisses him on the cheek and momentarily puts down the hammer.

16)  He now puts down and criticizes his mom for not being richer.

17)  Until the National Institute of Mental Health puts down a policy, patients will be treated differently.

18)  Ireland, with a very small population of 4.5 million, puts down approximately 59% of it's shelter dogs.

19)  After talking me into a double espresso, she puts down the phone, picks it up again and requests cookies.

20)  It bothers me to see he puts down other people.