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Rfv-sense: to euthanise an animal. --EncycloPetey 17:42, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
The person who added it linked between the two entries, and so presumably thinks they're synonyms. It doesn't seem to be confusion on that person's part. --EncycloPetey 18:42, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
This term is commonly used in England, particularly in the North --YK30 18:54, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
Any kind of animal? An example in use? I can find "put a dog off its food", "put the dog off the train, bed, etc.", but not a euthanise sense. DCDuringTALK 19:36, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
Refers to domestic or farm animal, colloquial term, Found a reference, though it is old:
Blakeborough, R, (1911) Glossary of over 4,000 terms and idioms, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, W Rapp and Sons
“Put off, put away – to kill, to remove one’s outer garments” --YK30 22:28, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
I have never heard of this meaning euthanize - in my experience it is always put down in the UK. SemperBlotto 22:34, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
That would depend on whereabouts you are - it is mainly used in the North East, particularly amongst farming communities. It isn't often heard in urban environments, where "put down" is the common term. --YK30 22:49, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
I've never heard this in NW England, but can't speak for all parts of the NE. Dbfirs 09:29, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
I've never heard it in London or the Westcountry, but like Dbfirs I can't speak for rural North East england. Thryduulf 03:11, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
Never heard it in Cumbria. Lived there long enough to pick up most of the local dialect. Not found in any of James Herriot's books either (which is surprising if it really does mean this in the NE UK farming community!) -- ALGRIFtalk 14:01, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
James Herriot was North Yorkshire, but didn't stretch to the extreme NE. Perhaps the term is just local to Saltburn? I've heard put off used of outer garments, but that is hardly a special meaning. Is there any way to search the works of Catherine Cookson - she's the sort of author who might use such an expression. Dbfirs 15:35, 24 November 2008 (UTC)
RFV failed, sense removed. Sorry. Please re-add it if you can find valid citations. —RuakhTALK 14:27, 24 May 2009 (UTC)