put out of misery

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

1. To end one's life in order to end one's suffering. I don't want to spend my final years in agony on a hospital bed. If it ever comes to that, please just put me out of my misery.
2. To quell or satisfy one's curiosity. Oh, just put me out of my misery and tell me how the movie ends!
See also: misery, of, out, put
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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