from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To return something to it's original place.
  • v. To postpone an arranged event or appointment.
  • v. To drink fast; to knock down alcohol.
  • v. To change the time in a time zone to an earlier time.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. put something back where it belongs
  • v. cost a certain amount


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Mr Holman put back the receiver with a vicious bang, and taking the cigar out of his mouth, regarded it with a bitter look.

    The Port of London Murders

  • Mr Telfair spoke without bitterness, yet not without indications of the most poignant regret, of the late doings of the northern abolitionists, as having put back the cause of emancipation, he feared, for many, many years.

    The White Slave or Memoirs of a Fugitive

  • With the few panzers that could be put back into service, Hauptmann Bäke managed to reach the area of Kolovo.

    Panzer Aces

  • How lovely she was in her marvelous white lace gown and veil, with tiny buttons that fastened right up to the chin, with white filmy stockings, white satin-and-lace shoes that could be taken off and put back on.


  • The Italian captain was obliged to put back to Leghorn, and here Dr. Meryon heard the news of the battle of Navarino, and of the shelter afforded by Lady Hester Stanhope to two hundred refugee Europeans from Sayda.

    Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century

  • For every 15 degrees of longitude made good to the westward the ship's clocks were put back an hour — they were already two hours earlier than Greenwich Mean Time when Wattenberg noted in the log on 27th August that the Graf Spee was now on the same latitude as London, in a position almost midway between Britain and Newfoundland.

    Graf Spee

  • Short-handed as they were, he would be received with open arms and then immediately be put back in the muddy trenches of Petersburg, where he would try to keep his head down and hope for an early end.

    Cold Mountain

  • “I wonder what brought Sister Bridget to this pass,” she said, as Mother Ambrose fumblingly put back the key on a chain at her waist.

    St Peter's Finger

  • Mammy Thomas, with many an "Excuse me, Honey," mumbled into the ears of both, cleared the table, put back the white and red checkered cloth, moved the jar of toothpicks conveniently near, and returned to the kitchen.

    The Apples of Hesperides, Kansas

  • Upstairs there were dirty tales of once-used sheets not being washed, but simply damped, ironed and put back on the beds.

    Down and Out in Paris and London


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