put someone to bed with a shovel

put (one) to bed with a shovel

euphemism To kill one. The expression alludes to the burial of the person killed. Don't worry, boss, put that stool pigeon to bed with a shovel before he ever gets the chance to testify.
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put someone to bed with a shovel

tv. to bury someone; to kill and bury someone. (see also put to bed with a shovel.) The leader of the gang was getting sort of tired and old, so one of the younger thugs put him to bed with a shovel.
See also: bed, put, shovel, someone, to
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