Reading a text about liars and their behaviour, I encountered the following sentences:
It is hard to prove there was a harsh tone or angry expression. The accuser can be put on the defensive. "You have heard it that way. There was no anger in my voice".
I failed to find what "put on" could be in this context. The only meaning that would make a little sense would be "to pretend". Also, I think it is a passive voice; but I may be wrong, put has the same form for present, past and past participle.
I think it could mean: The liar can try or pretend) to be defensive to the accuser.
And I have an additional question: As mentioned in the text, "You heard it that way". Is this more like "You heard it with your own ears, there was no anger" or "It is just you who heard it THAT way, there was no anger"?