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    put sb / sth out of their / its misery

    Hello.

    put sb/sth out of their misery - Daum ????
    put sb / sth out of their / its misery
    1. (informal) stop sb worrying by telling them sth that they are anxious to know
    - You can't keep telling him to wait for your answer. Put him out of his misery and tell him now.
    2. kill an animal which is badly injured or very ill in order to end its suffering
    - I can't let a horse go on suffering such terrible pain. Can you put it out of its misery, please.


    Isn't definition 2 perfect? Wouldn't it be okay to change "an animal" to "someone or something"?

    Jason was in terrible pain as we tried to carry him out of the jungle. He begged us many times to put him out of his misery.
    Does this sound good?

    Thank you.

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    Re: put sb / sth out of their / its misery

    Hello Daruma,

    1. To put something / someone out of its / their misery

    This expression now has a largely metaphorical application, and tends to turn up in trivial contexts; moreover, it often has slightly jocular overtones.

    It is still possible to use it seriously in connection with the killing of an animal; but it might seem inappropriate in a human context.

    In your example, the fact that the person in pain uses it himself makes it less inappropriate; but it would probably seem odd to say:

    2. Jason was in terrible pain; so we decided to put him out of his misery.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.


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    Re: put sb / sth out of their / its misery

    https://www.customessaymeister.com/c...asia/10534.htm
    Euthanasia, meaning easy death, is one of the most acute and uncomfortable contemporary problems in society. The debate concerns one question: is euthanasia ethical? The case rests on one main fundamental moral principle: mercy. Terminally ill patients often request that doctors put them out of their misery.

    I wonder if this sound natural to American English speakers.

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