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    Default put up or shut up = do it well in a contest or stop speaking

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following excerpt from a BBC’s News “US 'offers Russia deal over Iran' “ which informed us of the fact that US President Barack Obama has written to his Russian counterpart suggesting co-operation in blocking Iranian missile plans.

    Mr Obama said the US would back off deploying a missile defense system if Russia helped stop Iran developing long-range weapons, US media reported….

    ..The New York Times newspaper quoted a senior Obama administration as saying: "It's almost saying to them, put up or shut up.
    "It's not that the Russians get to say, 'We'll try and therefore you have to suspend.' It says the threat has to go away."

    The paper added that "the letter was intended to give Moscow an incentive to join the United States in a common front against Iran".

    put up or shut up = do well it in a contest or stop speaking!!!

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.

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    Default Re: put up or shut up = do it well in a contest or stop speaking

    Dear vil:

    'Put up or shut up' means 'act on what you have been talking about or stop talking about it.'

    I believe it comes from the idea of a card player 'putting up' a stake or an ante in some kind of card game or other gamble.


    I hope this is helpful,

    Petra

    PS: Another expression that is very similar is, 'Put your money where your mouth is.'

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    Default Re: put up or shut up = do it well in a contest or stop speaking

    Hello, All:

    To 'put up with' is different than to 'put up.'
    To put up with=to tolerate
    To put up=to act on one's promises or words. It can also mean 'to contribute with an expectation of return' as in, 'The bank put up the money for the new office building.' 'The producers put up the money for the movie.'

    Petra

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    Smile Re: put up or shut up = do it well in a contest or stop speaking

    I am so sorry. I thought it could be used as an example. Honest mistake. I am deleting my post.

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    Default Re: put up or shut up = do it well in a contest or stop speaking

    Dear Marciobarbalho:
    ...on the other hand, If they want a rainbow, they have to put up with the rain,' is a great expression to know!! Who knows, you may have started a whole new thread: weather-related idioms and expressions!
    Thanks for all your contributions to the forum.

    Petra

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    Smile Re: put up or shut up = do it well in a contest or stop speaking

    haha

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