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Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: potée 'potful, putty', from pot 'pot'

putty

noun
     
Related topics: Construction
put‧ty [uncountable]
1TBC a soft whitish substance that becomes hard when it dries and that is used to fix glass into window frames
2

be putty in somebody's hands

to be easily controlled or influenced by someone

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