put by

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From put + by

Verb[edit]

put by

  1. To preserve food by canning, freezing, drying, etc.
    Our family has been putting food by for generations.
  2. To perform an action without attracting attention.
    I managed to put that transaction by accounts payable.
  3. To save money.
    I have put a few hundred pounds by for a rainy day.
  4. To run a ship aground intentionally to avoid a collision
    The Bow Spring put by to avoid colliding with the Manzanillo II