Definition of be put upon in English:

be put upon

phrasal verb

often as adjective put-upon
informal
  • Be taken advantage of through having one's good nature exploited.

    ‘a put-upon drudge who slaved for her employer’
    • ‘The critics, pretty much to a person, condemned the art, and were certain they were being put upon.’
    • ‘They want to punish someone to show all the world they will not be put upon.’
    • ‘Divorce often results when a partner has had enough of being put upon and taken for granted.’
    • ‘I think it's very important that people should be aware that you have the access to legal help if you're being put upon by a landlord or he's ripping you off.’
    • ‘But that community knows that it is being put upon by this so-called research levy.’
    • ‘She was always being put upon, always being ripped off.’
    • ‘We will never allow our players to be put upon like that again.’
    • ‘They have been put upon and shoved and pushed and rooted out of any legitimate role in that society, and it is a huge human tragedy.’
    • ‘A people who know their traditional rights will not let themselves be put upon.’
    • ‘Chances are the older the woman is, the more she has lost hope, suffered failure in relationships and marriages and is put upon by life.’
    take advantage of, impose on, take for granted, exploit, use, misuse
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