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Stay Put

Idiom:  Stay Put; used as a verb.

First Example:  
“Small children usually have so much energy and can never
sit still for very long.  You should not
expect your three year-old to stay put
for very long.”

Meaning:  Stay Put is usually used to express the
idea of staying in one place and to not move. 
In the example above, it is very difficult for small children to stay in
one place for an extended period of time. 
This idiom can be used as a general verb to relate the idea of staying
in one place.  The words, stay and put cannot be separated.

Here is another example:

Second Example:
“If you ever become lost while hiking in the mountains, it
is generally a good idea to stay put
until help arrives.  It might be more
difficult for people to find you if you continue to move around without any
sense of direction.”

Meaning: In this case, the idiom, Stay Put, is used to express the advice that you should not move
around if you ever become lost.  It is
generally easier for search parties to find a lost hiker if they are still in
the general area where they had originally intended to go.  In this example, the idiom is being used as a

This idiom is from the book “The Idiom Advantage –
Fluency in Speaking and Listening,” which is used as primary material in
LSI’s Advanced Conversation classes.

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