Definition of put something about in US English:

put something about

phrasal verb

often be put about
  • Spread information or rumors.

    • ‘A spokesman added: ‘We dispute the view put about that there is little fraud because few people are being charged.’’
    • ‘He added that ‘misrepresentations, half-truths and downright lies’ had been put about since the judicial review, particularly on the estimated costs.’
    • ‘What I do know is that there is a lot of hot air, claim, sheer fantasy and scaremongering being put about which seems designed to strangle any plans at birth.’
    • ‘It's certainly not us putting these rumours about.’
    • ‘They just get a bit wrapped up in the excitement and anticipation of the upcoming event and start putting about daft ideas.’
    • ‘The nonsense the opposition is putting about that people earning under $52,000 will get nothing from the Budget is scaremongering at its worst.’
    • ‘Not long ago, he accused me in an email of putting about stories that he's a drunk.’
    • ‘I also used to put stories about, hinting that staff were being watched all the time, just to keep them alert.’
    • ‘The story put about is that he used his laptop computer without using proper security measures, and therefore may have disclosed information or released it to unauthorized persons.’
    • ‘Josefina defends her friend against the ‘lie’ that she disliked children, saying it was put about by a child who was the ringleader of a group that would disturb Beatrix when she was trying to write quietly.’
    spread, spread about, spread around, circulate, make public, make known, disseminate, broadcast, publicize, pass on, propagate, announce, give out, bandy about
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