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kibosh

[kahy-bosh, ki-bosh] /ˈkaɪ bɒʃ, kɪˈbɒʃ/
noun, Informal.
1.
Idioms
2.
put the kibosh on, to put an end to; squelch; check:
Another such injury may put the kibosh on her athletic career.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; of obscure origin
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British Dictionary definitions for put the kibosh on

kibosh

/ˈkaɪˌbɒʃ/
noun
1.
put the kibosh on, to put a stop to; prevent from continuing; halt
verb
2.
(transitive) to put a stop to
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for put the kibosh on

kibosh

n.

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 put the kibosh on

put the kibosh on

verb phrase

To quash or stifle; put the quietus to: I was praying that the kid wouldn't put the ''kibosh'' on me

[1836+; origin unknown and richly speculated upon; many regard it as probably fr Yiddish because it sounds as if it ought to be; Padraic Colum, however, attributed it to Irish cie bais, ''cap of death,'' presumably the black cap donned by a judge before pronouncing the death sentence, which is a semantically appealing suggestion; the phrase was used by Dickens in his first published book, in 1836, and put into the mouth of a London urchin]


kibosh

verb

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


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Idioms and Phrases with put the kibosh on
Restrain or check something, as in The rain put the kibosh on our beach party, or The boss put the kibosh on the whole project. The word kibosh has been used in English since the first half of the 1800s and its origin is unknown.
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