Definition of put someone up to in English:

put someone up to

phrasal verb

  • 1informal Encourage someone to do (something wrong or unwise)

    ‘Who else would play a trick like that on me? I expect Rose put him up to it’
    • ‘It is not the sort of thing I would expect Junior to do and I can only believe he has been put up to it.’
    • ‘The informants claimed they were put up to everything by O'Dowd.’
    • ‘Was Franklin only charged with mishandling classified material because a more serious charge would also involve having to charge the guy who put him up to it?’
    • ‘She is shaking her head and laughing, and she then stops laughing, and becomes serious, ‘Did my friends put you up to this?’’
    • ‘No doubt his unemployed mates had put him up to it.’
    • ‘It had to be some sort of dare someone put him up to.’
    • ‘He robbed a car of children's Christmas presents because he was terrified of the guy who put him up to it.’
    • ‘We think the media is trying to make it look like we were put up to protesting.’
    • ‘I don't know why Wade put you up to this, or how much he paid you, but I'm not falling for it.’
    • ‘Who was he really and who had put him up to this wind-up?’
    persuade to, encourage to, urge to, spur on to, egg on to, incite to, goad to
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  • 2archaic Inform someone about (something)

    ‘Ned's put me up to a good thing or two’
    • ‘He put me up to one or two things worth knowing.’
    • ‘My husband had a long talk with Mr. Brewster, who put him up to all that had happened.’
    • ‘How was it that all the clever people of Cambridge had never put him up to this simple rejoinder?’