put somebody/something to sleep
put (one) to sleep
1. To cause one to fall asleep. My medication always puts me to sleep, so I can't take it before driving. Some calming music usually puts the kids right to sleep.
2. To cause one to be extremely bored, to the point of being distracted or sleepy. Today's lecture really put me to sleep. You need to work on your speech, or you're going to put your audience to sleep!
3. To render one unconscious via general anesthesia (as during a medical procedure). They're going to put me to sleep while they take my wisdom teeth out.
4. To euthanize an animal. We knew our poor dog was suffering, so we decided it was time to put her to sleep.
put (someone or an animal) to sleep
1. to cause someone or an animal to sleep, perhaps through drugs or anesthesia. The doctor put the patient to sleep before the operation. I put the cat to sleep by stroking its tummy.
2. Euph. to kill someone or an animal. We had to put our dog to sleep. The robber said he'd put us to sleep forever if we didn't cooperate.
put someone to sleep
1. to bore someone. That dull lecture put me to sleep. Her long story just put me to sleep.
2. Go to put someone or an animal to sleep.
put to sleep
1. Bore utterly, as in That show put me to sleep. This hyperbolic term implies that something is so dull one could fall asleep.
2. Kill, especially as a kindness, as in We had to put the cat to sleep. This euphemism dates from the mid-1900s.
3. Subject to anesthesia, as in This injection will put you to sleep so you won't feel any pain.
put something to sleep1 kill (an animal, especially an old, sick, or badly injured one) painlessly. euphemistic 2 put (a computer) on standby while it is not being used.
put somebody/something to ˈsleep
1 give somebody drugs (= an anaesthetic) before an operation to make them unconscious: Before the operation we’ll put you to sleep, so don’t worry, you won’t feel a thing.
2 kill a sick or injured animal by giving it drugs so that it dies without pain: She took her old dog to the vet and he put it to sleep.
put to sleep
1. To make weary; bore.
2. To subject to euthanasia.
3. To subject to general anesthesia.