put to sleep

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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.
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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.
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put somebody to sleep

1. to bore someone very much I tried reading one of her novels, but it just put me to sleep. All those technical discussions put everyone to sleep.
2. to help someone sleep The sound of the crickets puts me to sleep every night.
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put something to sleep

to kill an animal medically put something down Mitzie is an old, sick cat, and I think we may have to put her to sleep.
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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.
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put to sleep

1. To make weary; bore.
2. To subject to euthanasia.
3. To subject to general anesthesia.
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Great Ayton deputy manager Olivia Hatcher said: "These rabbits were all in a state but particularly Scrappy and Joy, so much so that the vet advised they should be put to sleep to end their suffering.
He had been suffering from cancer and we did everything that we could to save him, but it went really bad over the past few days and we had to call in the vet and have him put to sleep.
Thus, that Virginia shelter did not detect the dog's chip and the dog was put to sleep 30 minutes prior to the family calling the shelter, looking for its pet.
As a result the number of stray dogs put to sleep has risen sharply.
The horse, which was put to sleep by a vet, was found with a red rug draped over her back and was badly emaciated.
Dachshund-cross terrier Otto - almost 147 in "dog years" - was put to sleep as he had from cancer.
Linus's owner Jennifer Pickering said: "When he was a kitten we worried that he might have to be put to sleep as he was so poorly, we had to mash his food up for him to help him eat, we gave him plenty of Whiskas so it's especially sweet that he won this prize a year on.
Buster had been ill with cancer and was put to sleep yesterday.
Janet Worrell says that before they took over, about 60 dogs a month were put to sleep.
This puppy's injuries were so severe it had to be put to sleep.
It is for this reason that I don't believe that ALL pit bulls should be put to sleep.
EVERYONE at Reading on Sunday felt deeply for the owners of Bright Prospect, whose four-year-old dog was put to sleep after breaking his wrist in a freak collision at the first bend in the heat won by Shelbourne Poopa.
In June last year, when Atkinson took her to the kennels before a holiday, he was told she should be put to sleep.
Our first dog suffered kidney problems and liver failure and eventually had to be put to sleep.
The group was only launched three months ago and is seeking more members to support its efforts to rescue and re-home abandoned greyhounds and save racing greyhounds from being put to sleep or abused after they retire.