put (one) to sleep(redirected from put someone to sleep)
put (one) to sleep
1. To cause someone to be extremely bored, to the point of being distracted or sleepy. Today's lecture really put me to sleep. You need to work on your speech, or you're going to put your audience to sleep!
2. To put someone under general anesthesia so as to lose consciousness (as during a medical procedure). Thankfully, they're going to put me to sleep while they take my wisdom teeth out.
3. 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 to sleep.
put (someone or an animal) to sleep
1. to cause someone or an animal to sleep, perhaps through drugs or anesthesia. The doctor put the patient to sleep before the operation. I put the cat to sleep by stroking its tummy.
2. Euph. to kill someone or an animal. We had to put our dog to sleep. The robber said he'd put us to sleep forever if we didn't cooperate.
put someone to sleep
1. to bore someone. That dull lecture put me to sleep. Her long story just put me to sleep.
2. Go to put someone or an animal to sleep.
put to sleep
1. Bore utterly, as in That show put me to sleep. This hyperbolic term implies that something is so dull one could fall asleep.
2. Kill, especially as a kindness, as in We had to put the cat to sleep. This euphemism dates from the mid-1900s.
3. Subject to anesthesia, as in This injection will put you to sleep so you won't feel any pain.
put to sleep
1. To make weary; bore.
2. To subject to euthanasia.
3. To subject to general anesthesia.