Test thoroughly to see what someone can do, as in We put the new programmer though her paces, and she passed with flying colors. The idiom can refer to things as well, as in When we put the electrical system through its paces, we blew a fuse. The expression alludes to testing a horse’s ability in the various paces (trot, canter, and gallop). Its use referring to horses dates from the late 1700s; its figurative use was first recorded in 1871.
[pyoo-tey-min] /pyuˈteɪ mɪn/ noun, plural putamina [pyoo-tam-uh-nuh] /pyuˈtæm ə nə/ (Show IPA) 1. Botany. a hard or stony endocarp, as a peach stone. 2. a shell membrane. /pjuːˈteɪmɛn/ noun (pl) -tamina (-ˈtæmɪnə) 1. the hard endocarp or stone of fruits such as the peach, plum, and cherry putamen pu·ta·men (pyōō-tā’mən) n. The outer, larger, and […]
- Put a lid on someone
verb phrase To suppress; quiet; quell: Putting a Lid on The Kid (1970s+)
- Put someone under
verb phrase To arrest someone; collar, hook someone up, pinch [1990s+ Police; shortening of put someone under arrest]
- Put someone under the table
verb phrase To remain sober while one’s drinking companion(s) becomes drunk: She can drink most under the table (1921+)