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put to sleep

This page is about the euphemism put to sleep

Meaning

to kill an animal, esp. a sick, injured or very old pet

For example

  • If your pet's suffering and it won't get better, you should have it put to sleep.

  • We took Tibby to the animal hospital and they put her to sleep by giving her an injection.

Quick Quiz

We had our dog put to sleep because she was

a. yawning a lot

b. badly injured

c. tired of living

Contributor: Matt Errey