Put-by definitions

To preserve food by canning, freezing, drying, etc.

Our family has been putting food by for generations.

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To perform an action without attracting attention.

I managed to put that transaction by accounts payable.

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To save money.

I have put a few hundred pounds by for a rainy day.

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To run a ship aground intentionally to avoid a collision.

The Bow Spring put by to avoid colliding with the Manzanillo II.

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Origin of put-by

From put + by