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lay (something) at rest

To resolve, satisfy, or conclude something; to pacify or calm something. We've been arguing over this will for nearly a year now. Can't we just lay this all at rest? I hope this explanation will help finally lay these questions at rest. News of the bailout has laid the turbulent markets at rest, at least for the time being.
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lay at rest

Also, lay to rest; set at rest. Satisfy, settle, as in I'll take care of it; you can set your mind at rest, or The arbitrator is sure to lay these questions to rest. [Late 1300s] Also see at rest; lay to rest.
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