put (an animal) 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 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

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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A court hearing will take place early next month to get permission to put the dog down.
Denise, 49, took injured Carlos to the vet but was told the injury was so severe it would be best to put the dog down.
Hadfield told the RSPCA they convinced owner Andrew Shepherd, 46, to put the dog down after it bit his eight-year-old stepson on holiday in Weymouth, Dorset, but could not find a vet.
It was decided to put the dog down, however, because the tumour was so large that there would have been insufficient skin to close the gap over the wound if the tumour were removed.
The family gave consent to put the dog down straight away and a vet was called to do that at the scene.
If the owner had put the dog down then, this would never have happened," said Molly's fiance, Vince Skillcorn, 50.
The California Supreme Court announced Wednesday that it would not hear an appeal of lower courts' findings that the initial order to put the dog down - made by a city officer who declared the dogs ``vicious and dangerous'' after a hearing last February - should stand.
The disgusted farmer asked a local vet to put the dog down.
Staffie Yesterday, 67-year-old Kath Abbotts, present when her Jack Russell was killed in Druids Heath Park, said: "They should've put the dog down.
There was no option but to put the dog down after she suffered the horrendous injury which was bleeding badly.
They have been round to see us and said they wanted to put the dog down.
But he took it to the vets and after a conversation with Smith's partner, it was decided to put the dog down.
Vets were forced to put the dog down because he had been kept without food for so long.
Wood Green Animal Shelter in Godmanchester said: "We didn't find out any more information until the police told us what had happened and we decided to put the dog down.
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