put down

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put (an animal) down

To euthanize an animal, typically to prevent its suffering in old age or illness, or because it poses a threat to humans or other animals. We decided to put our dog down last week. He was in so much pain from cancer that we felt it would be cruel to let him struggle on. Animal control ended up having to put a bear down that had been found roaming the neighborhood for the third time this month.
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put (one) down

To kill someone or (much more commonly) an animal via euthanasia. Our poor dog is so old that she can't see, hear, or even walk—I think it's time to put her down.
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put down (an animal)

To end the life of an animal (generally through euthanasia) so as to prevent its suffering in old age or illness, or because it poses a threat to humans or other animals. We decided to put down our dog last week. He was in so much pain from cancer that we felt it would be cruel to let him struggle on. Animal control ended up having to put down the bear once it was spotted roaming the neighborhood for the third time in recent months.
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put someone or something down

 
1. Go to set someone or something down.
2. Fig. to belittle or degrade someone or something. It's an old car, but that's no reason to put it down. You put down everything you don't understand!
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put someone down (for something)

to put someone's name on a list of people who volunteer to do something or give an amount of money. Can I put you down for ten dollars? We're having a picnic, and you're invited. Everyone is bringing something. Can I put you down for potato salad?
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put something down

 
1. Fig. to repress or put a stop to something such as a riot or rebellion. The army was called to put down the rebellion. The police used tear gas to put the riot down.
2. Go to set something down.
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put down

1. Write down; also, enter in a list. For example, Please put down my name for a free ticket, or Put me down as a subscriber. [Second half of 1500s]
2. Bring to an end, repress, as in They managed to put down the rebellion in a single day, or We've got to put down these rumors about a takeover. [c. 1300]
3. Kill a sick animal, as in The vet said the dog must be put down. [Mid-1500s] Also see put away, def. 5.
4. Belittle, disparage, criticize, as in Her husband was always putting her down. [c. 1400] Also see run down, def. 6.
5. Ascribe, attribute, as in We put her poor performance down to stage fright. [Late 1700s]
6. Regard, classify, as in We put her down as a hypochondriac. [Mid-1800s]
7. Pay a deposit, as in We put down $2,000 for the car.
8. Store for future use, as in David put down ten cases of this year's Chablis. [Mid-1800s]
9. Land in an aircraft; also, land an aircraft, as in What time will we put down at Heathrow? or She put the plane down exactly on the runway. [c. 1930]
10. Put a child to bed, as in The sitter said she'd put Brian down at 8:30. [Second half of 1900s]
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put down

v.
1. To set something on the surface of something: They put the boxes down on the floor. I put down my pen and looked up. We put a new carpet down.
2. To write down: I grabbed a piece of paper and quickly put down what she had just said. He put his address down on a slip of paper and handed it to me.
3. To assign someone to some task or obligation: We put John down to do the laundry and Mary to do the dishes. You can put me down for a $20 donation, and I'll send you a check next week.
4. To render something ineffective; repress something: We should put down any rumors that we might be leaving town. When the peasants organized a revolution, the dictator called in the army to put it down.
5. To criticize, berate, or insult someone or something: My boss is always putting me down for small mistakes. The teachers put down our knowledge of literature.
6. To kill some animal, especially a domesticated animal that is sick or suffering: We had to put down several cows that had gotten very ill. The vet put our dog down when it became too sick.
7. To put some child to bed: We put the baby down for a nap.
8. To land: The plane put down at O'Hare Airport.
9. To land some aircraft: The pilot put the plane down in a field.
10. To make some down payment: We just put down a deposit on a new house. If I put $100 down today, can I pay the rest next month?
11. put down to To attribute some event to some cause: They put the boating accident down to the captain's inexperience.
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If I have to make a foul or put someone down for the team I will do it.
The main purpose of this study is to explore whether adolescents use gay-related name-calling as a response to the violation of gender norms by boys more frequently than as a response to disliked or stupid behaviour, in order to criticise, hurt or put someone down, in order to tease in a nice way, and as a reference to actual or suspected sexual orientation.
Table 1 shows the proportion of male and female participants who reported that they had ever called a boy or a girl words such as gay, faggot or lezzie as a response to disliked or stupid behaviour, in order to criticise, hurt or put someone down, as a response to the violation of gender norms, in order to tease in a nice way, and as a reference to actual or suspected sexual orientation.
The participants were more likely to report that they had called a boy gay-related names as a response to the violation of gender norms than in order to criticise, hurt, or put someone down (OR = 7.
Another similar usage is acronyms, with LOL for "laughing out loud" to convey that you just laughed at the person's joke or are trying to poke fun at or put someone down, for instance.
Up north we're self-deprecating while southerners are more likely to put someone down.
You don't have to put someone down when they make a mistake.
We don't want to put someone down the path to an exploit," he said.
She didn't put someone down in getting her point across .
In a broad sense we are living in an antipolitical time, when to call someone a politician is to put someone down.
Craig Penton Craig Penton Tragic that the media find it necessary to put someone down because of their appearance, have you seen the state of some of these journalists?
The court was told he was full of remorse but at the time he was boasting about how he could put someone down with one punch.
They'll probably put someone down there who doesn't like Mexican food, won't go in the sun or lust after the beautiful babes.
It's not like it established a pattern - I have never done it since, but the whole point is if you can't put someone down within your act, using gags and wit, then you shouldn't get involved.
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