sing (one) to sleep

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sing (one) to sleep

To help or cause one to fall asleep by singing. My daughter was really upset from her nightmare, so I sang her back to sleep with a lullaby my own mother had taught me. The performance was so lackluster that he actually ended up singing several people to sleep.
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sing someone to sleep

to sing softly and sweetly to someone until sleep comes. The mother sang her baby to sleep. Please sing Timmy to sleep. He is very restless.
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References in classic literature ?
I remember the master, before he fell into a doze, stroking her bonny hair - it pleased him rarely to see her gentle - and saying, 'Why canst thou not always be a good lass, Cathy?' And she turned her face up to his, and laughed, and answered, 'Why cannot you always be a good man, father?' But as soon as she saw him vexed again, she kissed his hand, and said she would sing him to sleep. She began singing very low, till his fingers dropped from hers, and his head sank on his breast.
How often did I sing him to sleep when I was half dead with hunger!
BETHAN HARRIS Baby: Thomas Born: April 17 Bethan, whose son Thomas weighed 8lb 3.5oz, has been practising her audition for Little Shop of Horrors to sing him to sleep.
After performing on US telly yesterday, she said: "I'll go and tuck my son Max in at night and sing him to sleep with a lullaby, then I go in the studio and sing.
I was only young when we had him but I would sit in his basket and sing him to sleep.
"I used to take him to bed and sing him to sleep with his favourite hymn, "Do Not Forsake Me," said Mr Gardiner, fighting back tears.
From his earliest memories of his Italian dad, a chef from Venice, belting out Mario Lanza standards, to the country songs his Welsh mum would sing him to sleep with, music has been in Steve's blood.
PS: We know Romeo Beckham was crying at England v France but that doesn't count as a) he's not even two yet, b) his dad had just missed a penalty and c) his mum had promised to sing him to sleep when they got home.