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put (one) to sleep

1. To cause one to fall asleep. My medication always puts me to sleep, so I can't take it before driving. Some calming music usually puts the kids right to sleep.
2. To cause one 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!
3. To render one unconscious via general anesthesia (as during a medical procedure). They're going to put me to sleep while they take my wisdom teeth out.
4. To euthanize an animal. We knew our poor dog was suffering, so we decided it was time to put her to sleep.
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put (something) to sleep

1. To kill an animal via euthanasia so as not to cause pain. The poor dog was so old that the only thing I could do was put it to sleep. It couldn't even walk anymore.
2. To put an electronic device, such as a computer or phone, into standby while not in use. Be sure to put the computer to sleep when you're finished so you don't waste electricity.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: put, sleep, to
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.

put somebody/something to ˈsleep

1 give somebody drugs (= an anaesthetic) before an operation to make them unconscious: Before the operation we’ll put you to sleep, so don’t worry, you won’t feel a thing.
2 kill a sick or injured animal by giving it drugs so that it dies without pain: She took her old dog to the vet and he put it to sleep.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

put to sleep

1. To make weary; bore.
2. To subject to euthanasia.
3. To subject to general anesthesia.
See also: put, sleep, to
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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