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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

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Contributor: Matt Errey