rock to (something)

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rock to (something)

1. To dance, sway, or sing along very enthusiastically to some music, especially rock and roll. My dad always embarrasses me so much when he starts rocking to AC/DC in the car. I've never seen anyone rock to Mozart like that before.
2. To cause or help someone to fall asleep by moving them back and forth or side to side in a gentle, rhythmic motion. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "rock" and "to." I've been trying to rock the baby to sleep for hours now, but she just won't settle. He held his sick husband in his arms and rocked him to sleep.
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rock someone to something

to help someone, usually an infant, get to sleep by rocking in a rocking chair, cradle, or carriage. It is best to rock the baby to sleep after you feed her. Somehow she learned to rock herself to sleep.
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On our last day in Mananjary, we visit Nyavo in her new home, where her new mother is gently rocking her to sleep.
They remembered bouncing her on their knees when she was a baby, changing her diaper, rocking her to sleep. They remembered how she became a "country tomboy" at 2 years old; when dad took her fishing, he baited her hooks because "she wasn't about to touch those icky worms" and instead went off exploring, said her sister, Mary Cara, speaking through the trembling of her entire body.