put down

{v. phr.} 1. To stop by force, crush. * /In 24 hours the general had entirely put down the rebellion./ 2. To put a stop to; check. * /She had patiently put down unkind talk by living a good life./ 3. To write a record of; write down. * /He put down the story while it was fresh in his mind./ 4. To write a name in a list as agreeing to do something. * /The banker put himself down for $1000./ * /Sheila put Barbara down for the decorations./ 5. To decide the kind or class of; characterize. * /He put the man down as a bum./ * /He put it down as a piece of bad luck./ 6. To name as a cause; attribute. * /He put the odd weather down to nuclear explosions./ 7. To dig; drill; sink. * /He put down a new well./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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