put to bed

put to bed  {v. phr.}
1. To put to rest for the night.
Father put the three children to bed.
The boy seemed ill, so the nurse put him to bed.
2.  {informal}
To complete preparations and print.
The newspaper was put to bed at 1:15 A.M.
The pressroom was late in putting the sports section to bed.
Categories: children {informal} {v. phr.}