Put back

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English

Verb

to 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. (transitive, idiomatic) To drink fast; to knock down alcohol.
    • 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.
  4. (transitive, idiomatic) 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.

Thesaurus

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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.
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