put-on

Definitions

General English

  • phrasal verb
    (written as put on)
    to place something on top of something, on a surface
  • phrasal verb
    (written as put on)
    to dress yourself in a certain piece of clothing
  • phrasal verb
    (written as put on)
    to add something

Cricket

  • verb
    (written as put on)
    (of a batting side or batting partnership) to add the stated number of runs to the team’s score
    Citation ‘They saw England make an encouraging start after the rain in the morning, the two left-handers Fowler and Broad putting on 92 for the first wicket’ (Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Cricketer September 1984)
    Citation ‘On the fourth morning Laxman came out with Dravid. He went back at lunch with him. Came out after tea with him. And they returned to the pavilion at stumps, having put on 335 runs’ (Bhattacharya 2006)

Slang

  • noun a deception, fraud, cheat. A back-formation (with slightly changed emphasis) from the verb to put someone on (although Partridge cites instances of the expression in Victorian use).
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