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stay put

This page is about the collocation stay put

collocation pattern: verb + verb

Meaning

to stay in the same place or situation

For example

  • You stay put while I go and get some drinks.

  • The government wants to move the town to build a dam, but the townspeople are staying put.

Note:
Most often used in spoken English or less formal written English.

Quick Quiz

If a policeman tells you to "stay put", you should

a. stay where you are

b. put up your hands

c. sit down

Contributor: Matt Errey