Languages › English as a Second Language Idioms and Expressions Starting With "Put" Share Flipboard Email Print Giuseppe Elio Cammarata/EyeEm/Getty Images English as a Second Language Vocabulary Basic Conversations for English Language Learners Pronunciation & Conversation Writing Skills Reading Comprehension Grammar Business English Resources for Teachers By Kenneth Beare English as a Second Language (ESL) Expert TESOL Diploma, Trinity College London M.A., Music Performance, Cologne University of Music B.A., Vocal Performance, Eastman School of Music Kenneth Beare is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and course developer with over three decades of teaching experience. our editorial process Kenneth Beare Updated March 09, 2019 The following idioms and expressions use the verb "put." Each idiom or expression has a definition and two example sentences to help enhance the understanding of these common idiomatic expressions with 'put'. Once you have studied these expressions, test your knowledge with quiz testing idioms and expressions with put. This recording allows you to listen to each of these expressions with put with the provided examples. To learn more idiomatic language use the idiom and expressions resource page. Put a Cork in It! Definition: Be quiet Examples: Could you please put a cork in it?!Tom, put a cork in it! I can't hear what Mary is saying. Put Down Definition: criticize someone Examples: Jack put him down and he hasn't been the same since.Don't put me down! Put (Stick) One's Nose Definition: interfere in someone's business Examples: I wish he wouldn't put his nose in where it's not wanted.Mary is putting her nose in their affairs. Put on the Ritz/Dog Definition: make everything special for someone else Examples: They really put on the Ritz for us last weekend.Let's put on the dog for the Wilson's. Put Some Distance Between Someone and Someone/Something Definition: move far away from Examples: He put some distance between himself and his ex-wife.Let's put some distance between us and the school. Put Someone Away Definition: put in prison Examples: They put him away for twenty years.Jason was put away for life in prison. Put Someone On Definition: fool, tease someone Examples: He put Jerry on about his new job.I don't believe anything you say. You're putting me on! Put Someone Up Definition: provide accommodation Examples: We put them up last week as they couldn't find a hotel.Could you put me up for the night? Put Something Away Definition: eat or drink something Examples: He put the whole pizza away in fifteen minutes!We put away six beers. Put Something Through Something Definition: do something that creates difficulty for another person Examples: She put him through hell and then left him.Don't put me through that. It's just too difficult for one person. Put That in Your Pipe and Smoke It! Definition: Phrase meaning: You see! Take that! Examples: You're wrong! Now put that in your pipe and smoke it!I don't agree with you. Put that in your pipe and smoke it! Put the Bite on Someone Definition: try to get money from someone Examples: I put the bite on Tim but he didn't have any money.She put the bite on me for $50. Put the Finger on Someone Definition: identify someone Examples: The victim put the finger on the criminal.She put the finger on her boss for the crime. Put the Heat/Screws on Someone Definition: pressure someone to do something Examples: He's putting the heat on me to finish the report.Janet's really putting the screws on her husband to get a new car. Put the Moves on Someone Definition: try to seduce someone Examples: He was putting the moves on Mary last night.Hey! Are you trying to put the moves on me?! Phrasal Verbs Versus Idiomatic Phrases A number of these expressions are used as set idiomatic phrases. In other words, these are used as a stand-alone phrase such as "Put a cork in it!". Phrasal verbs, on the other hand, are usually two words beginning with a verb and ending with a preposition. An example would be "put away."