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.
See also: rock
References in classic literature ?
If she wasn't feeding him, she was changing him; if she wasn't bathing him she was rocking him to sleep. And there, at last, Martin found a tangible point of resistance, for he discovered from Nellie that not only was it not necessary to rock a baby, but that it was contrary to the new ideas currently endorsed.
"Throughout the night I'm making sure his ventilator is connected, checking his oxygen levels and rocking him to sleep if his ventilator has fallen off," explains Cat.
She said: "Bowker is now seven weeks old and my husband and I continue to use the lullabies when rocking him to sleep."
"Luckily, I have my husband coming with me to help out with rocking him to sleep, bathing and changing nappies."
I'll be rocking him to sleep in the dressing room every night before I go onstage and rock out.
I will arm myself with photos and a TV playing soft music and showing such scenes as a mama changing her son's diaper, playing peekaboo with him, rocking him to sleep, dressing him for church, dropping him off at basketball practice, sitting in the front row at his first school play, hugging him as he goes off to college and cooking his favorite meal, her famous fried chicken.