One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Make someone unconscious by the use of drugs, alcohol, or an anesthetic.
- ‘I was given some drugs but they only put me to sleep.’
- ‘Before the Finnish anaesthetist put him to sleep, an Australian nurse asked an Ethiopian translator to find out if the farmer had any questions.’
- ‘For other major surgery, you'll often need general anesthesia, which puts you to sleep.’
- ‘She vividly remembers the doctor coming one day when she was four or five, putting her to sleep with anaesthetic and ‘straightening my feet.’’
- ‘For little children, it may be necessary to put them to sleep (general anesthetic) so that they don't move when radiation doses are given.’
- ‘A general anaesthetic is most commonly used, which means that you will be put to sleep for the operation.’
- ‘Sedative gases and drugs relieve anxiety and cause temporary relaxation without putting you to sleep.’
- ‘I would like to give her medication myself that would put her to sleep.’
- ‘Freyen thought the alcohol had put him to sleep.’
- ‘We are going to give him some drugs to put him to sleep.’
- 1.1 Bore someone greatly.
be tedious to, pall on, stultify, stupefy, weary, tire, fatigue, send to sleep, exhaust, wear out, leave coldView synonyms
- ‘I started counting sheep, which didn't send me to sleep but reminded me of what I wanted to write to you about.’
- ‘And since this is the kind of basic knowledge that every school kid should know, the text refrains from being so dry that it sends you to sleep.’
- ‘But this wine from South East Australia is dull enough to send you to sleep.’
- ‘All I need to do is familiarise myself with the basic rules of the game and develop the merest hint of a passing interest in a game which never fails to send me to sleep…’
- ‘Sometimes during the day, when we are rehearsing, the scripts can send me to sleep.’
- ‘In the middle of a lecture, a student stands up and says, ‘We're not paying you to read to us and put us to sleep!’’
- ‘The priest was incredibly boring and practically sent me to sleep with his sermon.’
- ‘I mean, broadly speaking there's a plan not to drive readers off screaming or send them to sleep.’
- ‘I mean, it's not as if I'm after a film with car chases (Gillian reckoned there weren't any in this film) but I want something reasonably intelligent without being something that would send me to sleep.’
- ‘The dreadful dullness of the Executive would be more apparent if the Party had not selected a leader who was supposed to soothe voters' fear of independence but has ended up sending them to sleep instead.’
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