Phrases with put

Here is a list of phrases using the word put.

As someone puts it

This expression is used for giving the exact words used by someone.

  • As my dad puts it, ‘Life would be quieter without the telephone.’

Let me put it this way

This expression is used to suggest that you are going to say something honest although it may sound rude.

  • Let me put it this way, she is beautiful, but she isn’t intelligent.

I couldn’t have put it better myself

This expression is used for suggesting that somebody has expressed something very well.

Don’t know where to put yourself

When you don’t know where to put yourself, you feel very embarrassed.

  • Suddenly my fiancé stood up and started singing and dancing – I didn’t know where to put myself.

Put someone before someone else

To put someone before someone else is to consider them more important.

  • The Minister has been accused of putting his personal interests before the welfare of the nation.

Put something behind you

To put something behind you is to forget an unpleasant experience.

  • When Fred left me for another woman I was really upset, but I have managed to put it behind me.

Put someone / something first

To put someone first is to consider them as the most important person in your life.

  • She has always put her family first.

Put your name/signature

You should read the terms and conditions carefully before putting your name to the contract.

Put a price / value on something

To put a price on something is to make a judgment about its price.

  • This is a piece of jewelry I inherited from my grandmother. I can’t put a price on it.

Put simply / simply put

This expression is used to suggest that you are simply giving the basic facts.

  • Put simply, he made an offer that I couldn’t refuse.