Meaning of “put sth down to sth” in the English Dictionary

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"put sth down to sth" in British English

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put sth down to sth

phrasal verb with put uk /pʊt/ us /pʊt/ verb present participle putting, past tense and past participle put

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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  • I'd always put his lack of confidence down to his strange upbringing.
  • She did seem rather unhappy, but I just put it down to the pressure she was under at work.

(Definition of “put sth down to sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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