put by

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From put + by


put by (third-person singular simple present puts by, present participle putting by, simple past and past participle 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