put something down to experience

put something down to experience
put (something) down to experience British, American & Australian, American & Australian to decide that instead of being upset about something bad that you have done or that has happened, you will learn from it.

'I'm so ashamed. I let him take advantage of me.' 'Don't be so hard on yourself. Just put it down to experience.'


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  • put something down to experience — put sth down to exˈperience idiom (also chalk sth up to exˈperience) used to say that sb should think of a failure as being sth that they can learn from • We lost a lot of money, but we just put it down to experience. Main entry: ↑ex …   Useful english dictionary

  • put down to experience — put (something) down to experience British, American & Australian, American & Australian to decide that instead of being upset about something bad that you have done or that has happened, you will learn from it. I m so ashamed. I let him take… …   New idioms dictionary

  • chalk something up to experience — put sth down to exˈperience idiom (also chalk sth up to exˈperience) used to say that sb should think of a failure as being sth that they can learn from • We lost a lot of money, but we just put it down to experience. Main entry: ↑ex …   Useful english dictionary

  • put something behind one — CONSIGN TO THE PAST, put down to experience, regard as water under the bridge, forget about, ignore. → behind * * * put something behind one To resign something (usu unpleasant) to the past and consider it finished • • • Main Entry: ↑behind * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • put something behind one — they put last night s loss to the Orioles behind them Syn: consign to the past, put down to experience, regard as water under the bridge, forget about, ignore …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • put — [ put ] (past tense and past participle put) verb transitive *** ▸ 1 move something to position ▸ 2 cause to be in situation ▸ 3 write/print something ▸ 4 make someone go to place ▸ 5 give position on list ▸ 6 build/place somewhere ▸ 7 express in …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • put down to — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms put down to : present tense I/you/we/they put down to he/she/it puts down to present participle putting down to past tense put down to past participle put down to 1) put something down to something if you put… …   English dictionary

  • put — W1S1 [put] v past tense and past participle put present participle putting [T] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(move to place)¦ 2¦(change somebody s situation/feelings)¦ 3¦(write/print something)¦ 4¦(express)¦ 5 put a stop/an end to something 6 put something into… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • put — verb past tense putpresent participle putting MOVE STH 1 (transitive always + adv/prep) to move something from one place or position into another, especially using your hands: put sth in/on/there etc: Put those bags on the table. | You should put …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • put — verb past tense putpresent participle putting MOVE STH 1 (transitive always + adv/prep) to move something from one place or position into another, especially using your hands: put sth in/on/there etc: Put those bags on the table. | You should put …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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