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Alphabetical List of Idioms P, page 14

Idioms P, page 14:  from:   'put your best foot forward'   to:   'put on the spot'

  • put your best foot forward
    • If someone puts their best foot forward, they do something as fast as they can.
      "It's a long way to the station, but if I put my best foot forward I should catch the next train"

  • put one's feet up
    • When you put your feet up, you sit down and relax.
      "You must be tired. Come in and put your feet up."

  • put a finger on something
    • If you are able to identify or understand something such as the cause of a problem or the solution to it, you put your finger on it.
      "The atmosphere at the meeting was strange, but Marie couldn't put a finger on the cause of it."

  • put one's foot down
    • To put one's foot down means to exert authority to prevent something from happening.
      "The child wanted to sleep on the sofa but his father put his foot down and sent him to bed."

  • put your foot in your mouth
    • If you put your foot in your mouth, you say something that offends, upsets or embarrasses someone.
      "Lisa really put her foot in her mouth when she mentioned the housewarming party - Andy hadn't been invited."

  • put your head on the block
    • If you put yourself in a dangerous situation where you risk losing your job or your reputation if things go wrong, you put your head on the block.
      "Jenny asked me to recommend her son for the job, but I'm not putting my head on the block for someone I hardly know."

  • put your heart into (something)
    • If you put your heart (and soul) into something, you are very enthusiastic and invest a lot of energy and hard work in it.
      "Paul was determined to make a success of the project. He put his heart and soul into it."

  • put your house in order
    • If you tell someone to put their house in order, you are saying that they should organise their own affairs or take care of their own problems before giving advice to other people.
      "You should put your house in order before telling me what to do!"

  • put someone in their place
    • If someone causes offence or irritation by speaking or behaving in an inappropriate manner, you put them in their place by letting them know that they are not as important as they seem to believe.
      "The new trainee is not in a position to comment on our methods. He needs to be put in his place!"

  • put in a good word
    • If you put in a good word for someone, you say positive things in support of that person in order to help them.
      "If you apply for the job, I'll put in a good word for you."

  • put (someone) in the picture
    • If you give somebody all the information necessary to enable them to fully understand a situation, you put them in the picture.
      "Some changes were made during your absence. Let me put you in the picture."

  • put someone's nose out of joint
    • If something puts your nose out of joint, it offends, annoys or upsets you.
      "When he discovered he wasn't on the invitation list, that really put his nose out of joint"

  • put (something) on the long finger
    • If you put something on the long finger,you postpone it indefinitely.
      "My sister intends to go back to college, but she keeps putting it on the long finger."

  • put (someone) on the spot
    • If you put someone on the spot, you put them in an uncomfortable position, for example by asking difficult questions which they cannot avoid.
      "The reporter was put on the spot when he was asked to reveal his source."

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