put (an animal) out of its misery

idiom

: 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.

Examples of put (an animal) out of its misery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That's was Google Toolbar in 2021: basically, nothing worked other than searching and logging in, and Toolbar has finally been put out of its misery. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 12 Dec. 2021 Both models are expected to have small changes in the design - notably the potential for the Touch Bar to finally be put out of its misery and see the physical function keys return. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 4 June 2021 The fraught tenure of Jeff Sessions had been put out of its misery. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 19 Oct. 2020

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“Put (an animal) out of its misery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put%20%28an%20animal%29%20out%20of%20its%20misery. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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