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poner a escondidas
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
a. to secretly put
Mi padre no quería que leyera el libro, pero yo lo leí y luego lo puse otra vez en la estantería a escondidas.My father didn't want me to read the book, but I read it and then secretly put it back on the shelf.
b. to put on the sly
Le puse azúcar al café a escondidas porque a mi esposa se le ha metido en la cabeza que tengo que adelgazar.I put sugar in my coffee on the sly because my wife has got in her head that I have to lose weight.
c. to plant
El acusado dice que la policía puso la droga a escondidas en su equipaje.The defendant says the police planted the drug in his luggage.
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