put (one) out of (one's) misery

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put (one) out of (one's) misery

1. To end one's life in order to end one's suffering. I don't want to spend my final years in agony on a hospital bed. If it ever comes to that, please just put me out of my misery.
2. To quell or satisfy one's curiosity. Oh, just put me out of my misery and tell me how the movie ends!
See also: misery, of, out, put
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put (one) out of (one's) misery

 
1. Euph. Fig. to kill someone as an act of mercy. Why doesn't the doctor simply put her out of her misery? He took pills to put himself out of his misery.
2. Fig. to end a suspenseful situation for someone. Please, put me out of misery; what happened? I put her out of her misery and told her how the movie ended.
See also: misery, of, out, put
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

put someone out of his or her misery

1. Kill a wounded or suffering animal or person, as in When a horse breaks a leg, there is nothing to do but put it out of its misery. [Late 1700s]
2. End someone's feeling of suspense, as in Tell them who won the tournament; put them out of their misery. [c. 1920] Both usages employ put out of in the sense of "extricate" or "free from."
See also: misery, of, out, put, someone
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 someone out of their misery

1. If you put someone out of their misery, you end a situation which is causing them to suffer, usually by telling them something they have been waiting anxiously to hear. Manager Ron Smith yesterday put young player Dom Kennedy out of his misery by handing him a new contract. A-level students waiting for their results were put out of their misery this morning.
2. If someone puts a person out of their misery, they deliberately kill them because they are suffering, usually from an illness that cannot be cured. His attorney today welcomed such a trial, predicting that no jury would ever convict the doctor for `putting suffering people out of their misery'. There were at least a dozen pills in the bottle, surely enough to put her out of her misery. Note: This expression is usually used to show that the speaker or writer approves of or is sympathetic towards this action.
See also: misery, of, out, put, someone
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

put someone out of their misery

release someone from suspense or anxiety, especially by telling them something they are anxious to know. informal
See also: misery, of, out, put, someone
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put somebody/something out of their/its ˈmisery


1 (informal) stop somebody worrying by telling them something that they are anxious to know: You can’t keep telling him to wait for your answer. Put him out of his misery and tell him now. OPPOSITE: prolong the agony
2 kill an animal which is badly injured or very ill in order to end its suffering: I can’t let a horse go on suffering such terrible pain. Can you put it out of its misery, please.
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