Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An excuse; a shift for evasion or delay.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A shift for evasion or delay; an evasion; an excuse.
- v. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
- v. take away the enthusiasm of
- v. hold back to a later time
- v. cause to feel intense dislike or distaste
- v. cause to feel embarrassment
- n. a pretext for delay or inaction
“All were clean and had friendly staffs, serving hearty indigenous-fare meals that wouldn't put-off "Western" palates.”
“I can't imagine why some of the pros would have been put-off by there being a woman in the Classic, particularly since there have been others in years past.”
“We learned from Gramm-Rudman-Hollings that long-term plans are a put-off for later Congresses to do the cutting -- which doesn't happen.”
“If a community of thousands is merely put-off/offended by the actions of one, they can choose to bitch and moan or concentrate on more important things.”
“But, Gingrich seemed put-off -- to put it nicely -- when he was questioned by a student about his personal life last week during an appearance at the University of Pennsylvania.”
“This admission made him feel hurt and put-off, so instead of respecting her request, he continued to sip her Pinot Noir and munch on her pickles and coleslaw.”
“No doubt, the inquiring couple leaves just as put-off as in the original version.”
“But changing the formula of well-loved food products is a risk for manufacturers: Consumers could be put-off by a low-salt version that doesn't taste the same as the original.”
“If the police think the charge is groundless, the put-off citizen can still tie up courts and run up bills by suing the government.”
“Kathy showed absolutely no sympathy for this, and when I waited for a gas exit that also had a Subway she seemed a little put-off.”
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