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[kahy-bosh, ki-bosh] /ˈkaɪ bɒʃ, kɪˈbɒʃ/
noun, Informal.
put the kibosh on, to put an end to; squelch; check:
Another such injury may put the kibosh on her athletic career.
Origin of kibosh
1830-40; of obscure origin Unabridged
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Examples from the web for kibosh
  • Living in a dorm doesn't put the kibosh on your first adventures in cooking.
  • The rain continues to sluice down, putting the kibosh to riding or hiking.
  • My friends are putting the kibosh on my teacher crush while reminding me students are off limits.
British Dictionary definitions for kibosh


put the kibosh on, to put a stop to; prevent from continuing; halt
(transitive) to put a stop to
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for kibosh

1836, kye-bosk, in slang phrase put the kibosh on, of unknown origin, despite intense speculation. The earliest citation is in Dickens. Looks Yiddish, but origin in early 19c. English slang seems to argue against this. One candidate is Irish caip bháis, caipín báis "cap of death," sometimes said to be the black cap a judge would don when pronouncing a death sentence, but in other sources identified as a gruesome method of execution "employed by Brit. forces against 1798 insurgents" [Bernard Share, "Slanguage, A Dictionary of Irish Slang"]. Or it may somehow be connected with Turkish bosh (see bosh).

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Slang definitions & phrases for kibosh



To eliminate; terminate; kevork, kill: That was kiboshed promptly by the White House spokesman (1884+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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