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    What does "put-off" mean in the following: citizens spitting on the roadside and throwing garbage on the streets are a a big put-off.

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    Re: put-off

    Discouragement - 'a put-off' (noun) is an informal back-formation from the phrasal verb 'to put off' [= discourage].

    Last edited by BobK; 30-Jan-2007 at 16:05. Reason: Expanded a bit


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