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Verb

put back

  1. (transitive)To return something to it's original place.
    He carefully put the vase back on the shelf.
  2. (transitive)To postpone an arranged event or appointment.
    The meeting has been put back to 5.00 pm.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1)To drink fast; to knock down alcohol.
    He put back a pint in only 4 seconds.
    She often put back a dozen drinks in one night.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1)To change the time in a time zone to an earlier time.
    Don't forget that this Sunday we put the clocks back an hour.

Usage notes

  • The object in all senses can come before or after the particle. If it is a pronoun, then it MUST come before the particle.

Quotations

sense 3

  • 1988, Alan Hollinghurst, The Swimming Pool Library, Penguin Books, paperback edition, page 13
    Whisky he sipped at suspiciously, and still had not got an adult taste for; but wine he loved, and he put back champagne as if it were lager, with awful belches and chuckles after each glass.

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