What does this phrase mean: "he is put out with her"? Is it an idiom?

Hi everybody,
What does “he is put out with her” mean,
and another:
If I’m better than someone, which is correct:
I beat him on that, or
I beat him in that



To be put out is an informal expression meaning to be annoyed. In your sentence, it sounds as if he is fed up with her.

Both prepositions are used, but it might depend on the context. Maybe someone else can add to this.

Hi Spencer,

Just to add to what Conchita has already explained, I would suggest beat someone on is more specific than beat someone in.

If you take this expression into the world of business, you find when talking of different shops expressions like: No-one beats us on price - in other words, we offer the best price. At the same time, you could say: No-one beats us in the field of technology - suggesting a much more general area.


My understanding of that sentence would be that he is upset with her because she caused him some extra trouble or effort.

I may be confusing it with the expression to put someone out, which means to cause someone extra trouble or inconvenience.

I would say, “I beat him at that.” I beat him at chess. I beat him at cards. I beat him at kissing up to the boss.

Thanks You all!