What is the meaning of Put the Two together in the paragraph below?

Making loans and fighting poverty are normally two of the least glamorous pursuits around, but remarkably enough put the two together, and you have an economic innovation that has become not just popular but downright chic.


Here it means, "if you do them both." The idiom, "put the two together and," suggests images of combining ingredients in a recipe, or maybe mixing reagents for some chemical reaction. It always carries the meaning of, "the result (what follows the and) is not what it otherwise would have been."

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