To urge and goad; prod; goose: had een criti of the Pentagon and had ”put the spurs to us from time to time” (1898+)
- Put the squeeze on someone
verb phrase To put under heavy pressure or exigency; LEAN ON someone, PUT THE HEAT ON someone: She hired me to put the squeeze on Linda for a divorce (1941+)
- Put the wood to someone
verb phrase To punish; coerce by threat of punishment: Why can’t Mayor Barry put the wood to school administrators and demand more caring than this? (1970s+)
- Put through the wringer
see: put through , def. 3.
[poo-toh; Italian poot-taw] /ˈpu toʊ; Italian ˈput tɔ/ noun, plural putti [poo-tee; Italian poot-tee] /ˈpu ti; Italian ˈput ti/ (Show IPA). Fine Arts. 1. a representation of a cherubic infant, often shown winged. /ˈpʊtəʊ/ noun (pl) -ti (-tɪ) 1. a representation of a small boy, a cherub or cupid, esp in baroque painting or sculpture […]