From here I know "put it" means "say it, express it". But have them any distinction of usage? When to use "put it" and when to use "say it"?

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To put it can be used in place of to explain it; it means to express (a thought or comment) in a particular way, form, or language.

-Let me put it this way: it's only a funny story if you know John. (explain)
-When you put it like that, I can understand it better. (express)

To say something means you are using words to express a thought; it could be anything, including an explanation. You can use say it for put it, but not usually the other way around.

-Say it more slowly, please.
-What did she say?

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