put across

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put across

  1. to explain or state something clearly and understandably.
    All good communicators try to use popular, well-understood examples to put across complex ideas.
  2. to convey or communicate.
    • 2007 September 14, Michael Billington, Bad Girls, the musical. in The Guardian
      Yet, though the piece is preposterous hokum, the show is put across with enormous zest.

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The object can come before or after the particle. If the object is a pronoun, then it must come before the particle.

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