The following context is from the movie "The Wolf Of Wallstreet" by Martin Scorsese

JORDAN My job, you know, it's tough. I mean I'm not complaining, it's just the stress. All these people depending on me. Millions of dollars at stake every day. I sometimes feel I've bitten off more than I can chew.

AUNT EMMA You're a man with large appetites.

Jordan looks at her and smiles:

JORDAN (thinking) Is she fu*%#ng hitting on me?

JORDAN I agree. I put it on myself. It's hard to control the anxiety, you know? It's hard to learn to relax.

One of the synonyms for the word "put" is "impose" (to force someone to accept something, especially a belief or way of living{source Camb dic})

Does this mean that he "imposed it on himself"?

  • If you're heard it correctly, then yes, that is the meaning. Are you sure he didn't say I took it on myself?
    – Colin Fine
    Mar 2 at 12:23
  • I'm sure. The text is copied from the script anyway. Mar 2 at 20:01

2 Answers 2


put something on someone= to cause something to affect someone

Jordan put it on himself. (... caused it to affect...)

I put a lot of stress on myself.

  • Hmm, I can't find the definition in a dictionary though. Can anyone provide a link? Mar 2 at 20:02

I found this definition in the Google dic. I think it fits this context. Can anyone confirm?

put on cause someone or something to be subject to something unwelcome or unpleasant. "commentators put some of the blame on Congress"

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