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to put up with

Example #1:

Joe: I love living in Southern California!
Gina: Yeah, me too! But sometimes it’s hard to put up with the traffic.
Joe: I know what you mean. When I’m stuck in traffic I listen to my favorite music. That helps me a lot.

Idiom: to put up with (something). This idiom is used as a verb phrase and it means to endure or to bear something unpleasant, uncomfortable, or inconvenient.

Example #2:

Kathy: So, how do you like your new apartment?
Debbie: The apartment is nice, but my new neighbors are crazy! Last night they had a party until 3am. The music was so loud I couldn’t get to sleep. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to put up with them if they do that every weekend!

Idiom: to put up with (someone). Here the object is a person. This idiom means to endure or to bear with someone who is really bothering you or making you feel annoyed.

This idiom is from LSI’s textbook “Speaking Transitions.” We use this book to teach Level 4 Speaking and Listening. For more information please visit

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