put someone out of his or her 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 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."
See also: misery, of, out, put, someone
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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