English : stay put

WHAT IS the meaning of stay put?

By Ms. Heather, Italy – 17th May 2007.

When someone tells you to stay put, they want you to remain where you are. They don't want you to move around. It's an expression normally used in informal contexts.

Here are a few examples.

• Priyanka told Rahul to stay put in the car while she changed the tyre. She told Rahul to remain seated in the car.

• The Ganeshans decided to stay put and not to move house. They decided not to move into/look for another house.

• Because of the trouble in the city, we stayed put in the hotel for three days. We remained in the hotel for three days. We didn't step outside.

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