put upon

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Particularly: “not self-evident to me”

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put upon (comparative more put upon, superlative most put upon)

  1. Imposed on, taken advantage of, used, taken for granted, or unappreciated.
    • 1877, Anthony Trollope, The American Senator, ch. 73
      A man shouldn’t let himself be put upon by circumstances so as to be only half himself.
    • 1909, P. G. Wodehouse, Mike: A Public School Story, ch. 19
      Here was he, about to receive his first eleven colours on this very day probably, being ordered about, inconvenienced—in short, put upon by a worm who had only just scraped into the third.
    • 1984, Bob Woodward, “John Belushi: ‘Saturday Night’ grind, drugs take their toll”, in Milwaukee Journal, 28 May, p. 6 (retrieved 28 Sep 2010)
      He felt put upon if she asked him to do the slightest household chore or to conform to any schedule of meals and sleep.
    • 2002, Mark Heisler, “On the NBA: Lakers Are Still Drama Kings”, in Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov., p. D14:
      His toe hurt, he was heavy, he lacked his old explosiveness, he felt put upon by everyone.

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