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make (one's) life a misery
To cause a lot of problems, pressure, or stress (for one), perhaps by engaging in malicious or mean-spirited treatment (of one). 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 our life a misery. This new schedule has been making my life a misery.
make life a misery (for one)
To cause a lot of problems, pressure, or stress (for one), perhaps by engaging in malicious or mean-spirited treatment (of one). 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. This new schedule has been making life a misery for a lot of employees.
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.
misery loves company
Miserable people like others to be unhappy. I know misery loves company, but quit trying to bring me down just because you had a bad day at work.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
put someone out of their miseryrelease someone from suspense or anxiety, especially by telling them something they are anxious to know. informal
put something out of its miseryend the suffering of a creature in pain by killing it.
make somebody’s life a ˈmiserymake 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.
(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.
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.
misery loves company
Fellow sufferers make pain easier to bear. This observation dates from ancient Greek and Roman times or even earlier; Sophocles (Oedipus at Colonnus, ca. 408 b.c.) and Seneca (ca. a.d. 54) both wrote words to that effect. John Lyly’s Euphues stated it as “In misery it is great comfort to haue a companion” (1579), but the precise wording of the modern cliché does not appear until the nineteenth century. More recently, Brian Moore quipped, “If misery loves company, then triumph demands an audience” (An Answer from Limbo, 1962).