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English definition of “put sth down to sth”

put sth down to sth

verb uk phrasal verb with put   /pʊt/ (present participle putting, past tense and past participle put) us  
to think that a problem or situation is caused by a particular thing: I put the children's bad behaviour down to the fact that they were tired.
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