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misery guts

An unhappy person who always complains. I don't like talking to Paul because he's such a misery guts and always squashes my good mood.
See also: gut, misery

put (someone or something) out of its/(one's) misery

1. To kill someone or something as a means to ending suffering. Considering the dog's extensive wounds, the vet encouraged us to put him out of his misery.
2. To quell one's curiosity. Oh, just put me out of my misery and tell me how the movie ends!
See also: misery, of, out, put

misery loves company

Miserable people like be to surrounded by those who are equally unhappy. I know misery loves company, but quit trying to bring me down just because you had a bad day at work.
See also: company, love, misery

make (someone's) life a misery

To subject someone to malicious or mean-spirited treatment; to cause a lot of problems, pressure, or stress for someone. Tom has been making my life a misery ever since he found out I'd snitched on him to the boss about taking office supplies. There's a group of bullies who love making our lives a misery.
See also: life, make, misery

make life a misery (for someone)

To subject someone to malicious or mean-spirited treatment; to cause a lot of problems, pressure, or stress for someone. Tom has been making life a misery ever since he found out I'd snitched on him to the boss about taking office supplies. There's a group of bullies who love making life a misery for us.
See also: life, make, misery

Misery loves company.

Prov. Unhappy people like other people to be unhappy too. Jill: Why is Linda criticizing everybody today? Jane: Her boss criticized her this morning, and misery loves company. I should probably feel bad because my sister is so depressed, but I'm pretty depressed myself. Misery loves company.
See also: company, love, misery

put (one) out of (one's) misery

 
1. Euph. Fig. to kill someone as an act of mercy. Why doesn't the doctor simply put her out of her misery? He took pills to put himself out of his misery.
2. Fig. to end a suspenseful situation for someone. Please, put me out of misery; what happened? I put her out of her misery and told her how the movie ended.
See also: misery, of, out, put

put some creature out of its misery

to kill an animal in a humane manner. (See also put one out of one's misery.) The vet put that dog with cancer out of its misery. Please, put my sick goldfish out of its misery.
See also: creature, misery, of, out, put

misery loves company

Fellow sufferers make unhappiness easier to bear, as in She secretly hoped her friend would fail, too-misery loves company. Words to this effect appeared in the work of Sophocles (c. 408 b.c.) and other ancient writers; the earliest recorded use in English was about 1349.
See also: company, love, misery

put someone out of his or her misery

1. Kill a wounded or suffering animal or person, as in When a horse breaks a leg, there is nothing to do but put it out of its misery. [Late 1700s]
2. End someone's feeling of suspense, as in Tell them who won the tournament; put them out of their misery. [c. 1920] Both usages employ put out of in the sense of "extricate" or "free from."
See also: misery, of, out, put, someone

put someone out of their misery

1. If you put someone out of their misery, you end a situation which is causing them to suffer, usually by telling them something they have been waiting anxiously to hear. Manager Ron Smith yesterday put young player Dom Kennedy out of his misery by handing him a new contract. A-level students waiting for their results were put out of their misery this morning.
2. If someone puts a person out of their misery, they deliberately kill them because they are suffering, usually from an illness that cannot be cured. His attorney today welcomed such a trial, predicting that no jury would ever convict the doctor for `putting suffering people out of their misery'. There were at least a dozen pills in the bottle, surely enough to put her out of her misery. Note: This expression is usually used to show that the speaker or writer approves of or is sympathetic towards this action.
See also: misery, of, out, put, someone

put something out of its misery

If someone puts an animal out of its misery, they kill it because it is very old, ill or badly injured. Some animals are in such pain that I'm forced to put them out of their misery.
See also: misery, of, out, put, something

put someone out of their misery

release someone from suspense or anxiety, especially by telling them something they are anxious to know. informal
See also: misery, of, out, put, someone

put something out of its misery

end the suffering of a creature in pain by killing it.
See also: misery, of, out, put, something

make somebody’s life a ˈmisery

make somebody’s life very unpleasant or difficult: Ever since he joined the company he’s made my life a misery.Her arthritis makes her life a misery; she’s in constant pain.
See also: life, make, misery

(a) ˈmisery guts

(informal) a way to describe somebody who is never happy or who complains a lot: What’s the matter with you, misery guts?He used to be good fun, but he seems to be turning into an old misery guts.
See also: gut, misery

put somebody/something out of their/its ˈmisery


1 (informal) stop somebody worrying by telling them something that they are anxious to know: You can’t keep telling him to wait for your answer. Put him out of his misery and tell him now. OPPOSITE: prolong the agony
2 kill an animal which is badly injured or very ill in order to end its suffering: I can’t let a horse go on suffering such terrible pain. Can you put it out of its misery, please.
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19] However, as far as Shakespeare is concerned, we have the translation into English by John Alday, Theatrum Mundi, The Theatre or Rule of the World, wherein may be sene the running race and course of euerye mans life, as touching miserie and felicity.
RAWALPINDI -- Insensitivity and high handedness of Wild Life Park department has augmented the miseries of as many as 30 employees of Loi Bheer Wild Life Park, who have been deprived of their monthly wages since last three months.
The employees said that it is not possible for them to run their domestic affairs without salaries as the hike in daily commodities increased their miseries.