put (an animal) out of its misery

Definition of put (an animal) out of its misery

:to kill (an injured or sick animal) so that it does not continue to suffer sometimes used to refer to people as well
  • patients who are in constant pain and want to be put out of their misery
sometimes used humorously
  • I know you're all anxious to hear the results, so let me put you out of your misery.

Word by Word Definitions

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  2. : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

animal play
  1. : any of a kingdom (Animalia) of living things including many-celled organisms and often many of the single-celled ones (such as protozoans) that typically differ from plants in having cells without cellulose walls, in lacking chlorophyll and the capacity for photosynthesis, in requiring more complex food materials (such as proteins), in being organized to a greater degree of complexity, and in having the capacity for spontaneous movement and rapid motor responses to stimulation

  2. : one of the lower animals (see 3lower 3) as distinguished from human beings

  3. : mammal

  1. : of, relating to, resembling, or derived from animals

  2. : of or relating to the physical or sentient as contrasted with the intellectual or rational

  3. : sensual, fleshly

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats

misery play
  1. : a state of suffering and want that is the result of poverty or affliction

  2. : a circumstance, thing, or place that causes suffering or discomfort

  3. : a state of great unhappiness and emotional distress


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