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Etymology

From put + down

Verb

to put down

  1. To set down, stop carrying, or place in a low location.
    Why don't you put down your briefcase and stay awhile?
  2. (idiomatic) To insult, belittle, or demean.
    They put down their little sister for walking slowly.
  3. To pay an initial amount of money on a large purchase.
    We put down a $1,000 deposit.
  4. To halt, eliminate, stop, or squelch, often by force.
    The government quickly put down an insurrection.
  5. (euphemism) To administer euthanasia to, as an animal too old or ill to cure.
    Rex was in so much pain, they had to put him down.
  6. To write something.
    Put down the first thing you think of on this piece of paper.
  7. To replace the telephone receiver and terminate a call. To hang up.
    Don't put the phone down. I want a quick word with him,too.
  8. To add a name to a list.
    I've put myself down for the new Spanish conversation course.
  9. To make prices, or taxes, lower.
    BP are putting petrol and diesel down in what could be the start of a price war.
  10. (idiomatic) To place a baby somewhere to sleep.
    I had just put Mary down when you rang. So now she's crying again.
  11. (idiomatic) To land an aircraft.
    The pilot managed to put down in a nearby farm field.
  12. (idiomatic) To drop someone off, or let them out of a vehicle.
    The taxi put him down outside the hotel.

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