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put-on (n.)

"ruse, deception," 1937, from earlier adjectival meaning "assumed, feigned" (1620s), a figurative extension of the verbal phrase on the notion of putting on costumes or disguises. To put on (v.), of clothes, garments, etc., is by early 15c.; see from put (v.) + on (adv.). Hence "clothe, cover, assume as covering" (mid-15c.) and "assume the garb or appearance of" (real or feigned), 1520s. The expression put (someone) on "play a trick on, deceive" (by 1958) seems to be a back-formation from the noun.

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Definitions of put-on from WordNet

put-on (n.)
a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way;
Synonyms: parody / lampoon / spoof / sendup / send-up / mockery / takeoff / burlesque / travesty / pasquinade
put-on (n.)
something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage;
Synonyms: fraud / fraudulence / dupery / hoax / humbug
put-on (n.)
a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement;
Synonyms: antic / joke / prank / trick / caper
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