Green’s Dictionary of Slang

put down v.1

1. [mid-19C+] to eat, to drink.

2. in senses implying aggression, hostility.

(a) [late 19C+] to deride, to slander, to attack verbally, to tease.

(b) [1950s] to imprison.

(c) [1950s+] to attack physically, to kill.

3. (US) in lit. and fig. senses of SE put down, to set down.

(a) [20C+] of an activity, to abandon.

(b) [1910s] (UK Und.) to successfully cash a forged cheque at a bank; to pass counterfeit money; thus putter-down n., one who passes counterfeit cheques.

(c) [1940s+] to act, to do, to say.

(d) [1950s+] of a person, to reject, to give up.

(e) [1970s] of a place, to leave.

4. in senses of SE put down for.

(a) [1990s+] to involve someone, i.e. in a crime.

(b) [2000s] (US black) to enlist a candidate in a gang or similar group.

In phrases

put down shoe leather (v.)

[1960s] to run fast.

In exclamations

put it down!

[late 19C] (US) a toast that precedes drinking.