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English definition of “put sth before sb”

put sth before sb

(IMPORTANCE) phrasal verb with put     /pʊt/ verb (present participle putting, past tense and past participle put)
to give more attention to one thing than another because you think it is more important: I'd never put my work before my family.Classifying and creating order
(Definition of put sth before sb (IMPORTANCE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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