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ID #3435

put

[W Car.; cf. Sp. poner idem] v. absolute: to place: 1966 I doesn't put a sing if it doesn't require it (Crowley 138). (Black)

◊ Bahamian put requires no expression of place as does standard Eng.

put away phr. 1. [W Car.; OED, reject arch.] to stop (doing something); to give up (a bad habit). (Black)

2. to put a bride into seclusion before her wed­ding: 1966 (Otterbein 51). (Black)

put down phr. 1. [OED, to lower (an object)] to lower (a figure): In order to stay on their jobs longer, old people often put their age down (COB). (Nassau)

2. [OED, to set down in writing] to establish (a law): The government should put down some heavy penalty for the rapers (COB). (Black)

put off [OED to set out, start nautical] phr. to start off: 1895 B' Helephant 'e did put off a run­nin' (Edwards 71). (Mayag.)

put on (more) [OED put on to feign; cf. US dial. South put on to show off WEA] phr. to show off: Look at her! See how she putting on! (Nassau). (Black)

put (the) mouth on [Pan-Creole; cf. Haitian mete bouch sou (lit, put mouth on) idem HCEFD; cf. US dial. South to put mouf on: to conjure, and cause to have bad luck. Implied is the pronunci­ation of some magic formula over a person or against him WSC; cf. Car, goat mouth a mouth like a goat's, believed to indicate the possession of prophetic powers and the power to inflict bad luck, disease, etc. DIE; cf. Reunion Cr. Fr. mèt la gèl kabri (lit, put goat mouth) idem (Chauden­son 1974:149) and Haitian bouch kabrit (lit. goat mouth) idem (Gaujean p.c.); cf. Twi na no (lit, his mouth) i.e. he spoiled it by speaking ill (Aboagye p.c.); cf. Yoruba Rnu re ko dara (lit. mouth your not good) idem (Oyedeji p.c.)]

phr. to place a curse on: 1918 If you give ol' per­son sassies, dey put de mout' on you. Not'in' good ever come to you (Parsons 18). They put the mouth on them and they say one brother shoot the other (Nassau). (Gen.)

put to bed phr. to act as midwife for someone: I put her to bed with two her children, but I ain't bother no more (Acklins).

put up phr. 1. [W Car.; OED to lay by for future use rare or ohs.] to save up (money): 1918 Put- tin' up his money. . for a rainy day (Parsons 93). Jose say, "I was going to put this up bull see you was in a scrape so I lend you" (Cat). (Gen.) 2. to put (an object) away; to store (something) in its proper place: You should put up all your things properly before the hurricane comes (COB). (Gen.)

put upon [OED, put on to impose as a charge] phr. to blame: 1918 Dis girl big wi' chil'. De man said Vain' him. He put it 'pon de boy (Parsons 159). (Gen.)

put your hand on somebody [Car.] phr. to strike or beat someone. (Black)

put your head down [Car.; cf. HEAD as quasi- reflexive] phr. to lie down to rest. (Gen.)

put your mouth in [Pan-Creole; cf. Haitian mete bouch nan (lit, put mouth in) idem HCEFD; cf. Twi Men fa warns metom (lit. Don't put mouth in it) i.e. Don't interfere (in an argument); cf. Yoruba Ma se yo'nu si (lit. do not put mouth to it) idem (Oyedeji p.c.)] phr. to meddle; to take sides in a quarrel: 1979 Mr. Maynard stated that. . .far (too) often we put our mouths in things that don't concern us (Guardian May 18). (Gen.)

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Last update: 2010-11-23 02:12
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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