put to sleep

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Related to put to sleep: euthanasia, put to bed, euthanised

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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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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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.
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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.

put to sleep

1. To make weary; bore.
2. To subject to euthanasia.
3. To subject to general anesthesia.
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Spokesman Ray Lambert said: "What we got from his family was 'if you don't come for the dog he will be put to sleep at 4pm'.
The bird had a badly damaged wing, and was smothered in gloss paint and had to be put to sleep to prevent suffering.
Rosaline added: "Unfortunately, his kidneys failed and everything started to shut down and he had to be put to sleep.
Sadly, both cats were put to sleep on veterinary advice.
A spokesman from West Midlands Fire Service said: "Sadly, in spite of our crews' success at rescuing the horse from mud and water in Gornal, it had to be put to sleep by a vet.
A FOX cub had to be put to sleep after getting caught in a trap in Nuneaton.
My old cat, Biscuits, however, was just a little madam, which is why I inherited her as she had been brought in to be put to sleep for aggressive behaviour.
Sadly, that dog had to be put to sleep, but the two others survived.
This compares to Carrickfergus, where more than 80% of the 212 dogs impounded were reclaimed and just one dog put to sleep.
Media reports said that the dog with puppies was adopted on Monday, and that a Bacolod City employee said that stray dogs were put to sleep 10 days, not three days, after their capture.
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