Put a premium on

Value more highly than usual, as in Her employer put a premium on honesty and hard work. First recorded in 1907, this term is almost always used figuratively.


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  • Put a sock in it

    interjection Please keep quiet; shut up: Would you please be so kind as to force the media to put a sock in it/ And they can stick a sock in it. Or maybe a bratwurst (1919+)

  • Put a spin on

    Give a certain meaning or interpretation to. Spin is usually modified by an adjective in this expression, as in Robert was adept at putting positive spin on weak financial reports, or This chef has put a new spin on seafood dishes. Also see: spin doctor [ 1980s ]

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    see: at ease

  • Putative

    [pyoo-tuh-tiv] /ˈpyu tə tɪv/ adjective 1. commonly regarded as such; reputed; supposed: the putative boss of the mob. /ˈpjuːtətɪv/ adjective 1. (prenominal) commonly regarded as being: the putative father 2. (prenominal) considered to exist or have existed; inferred 3. (grammar) denoting a mood of the verb in some languages used when the speaker does not […]

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