Expressions With set and put

Look at the examples of following phrasal verbs based on set.

– You should set aside some money for a rainy day. [reserve]
– He tried to set aside his dislike of his daughter’s fiance, [ignore (not think about)]
– We should set off before dawn to get there on time, [begin a journey]
– The redundancies set off strikes throughout the area, [cause]
– The bank helps people wanting to set up business, [establish]
– He set out to climb Everest, [begin work with a particular aim in mind]

Here are some of the many phrasal verbs with put.

– He put his own name forward to the committee, [propose]
– He’s good at putting his ideas across, [communicate to others]
– Please put away all your toys at once, [tidy]
– He is always putting her down, [make someone look small]
– We had central heating put in last year, [install]
– I’m going to put in an application for that job. [submit]
– Every now and then she would put in a remark, [interject]
– They’ve put off making their decision for another week, [postpone]
– Her sniffing really puts me off my dinner, [discourage]
– The school is putting Hamlet on next year, [present]
– He’s good at putting on all sorts of accents, [pretend to have]
– The fireman quickly put out the fire, [extinguish]
– Please don’t let me put you out. [inconvenience]
– You’re not allowed to put up posters here, [fix]
– I can put you up for the weekend, [give accommodation to]
– The government is sure to put up taxes soon, [raise]
– How do you put up with such rudeness? [tolerate]

Here are some more expressions with set.

– He has set his heart/sights on becoming a ballet dancer. [longs to become (an important aim/goal)]
– They sat up till the small hours setting the world to rights. [discussing important problems]
– Did someone set fire to the house deliberately? [put a match to]
– The house was set on fire by a match thrown onto some old newspapers. [ignited]
– Di had never set foot in Italy before. [been to]
– Jill is very set in her ways. [fixed in her habits]
– Try to set a good example. [be a good example for others]

Notice also the following common expressions with put.

– to put your foot down: to be firm about something
– to put all your eggs in one basket: to risk all you have on a single venture
– to put your mind to: to direct all your thoughts towards
– to put two and two together: to draw an obvious conclusion
– to put something in a nutshell: to state something accurately and in a few words only
– to put someone’s back up: to irritate someone
– a put-up job: something arranged to give a false impression