put the kibosh on something

put the kibosh on something

INFORMAL, OLD-FASHIONED
If someone or something puts the kibosh on something, they prevent it from happening, continuing, or being successful. The export boom has also put the kibosh on the old belief that our economy is relatively self-sufficient. He refused to lend them the paintings, effectively putting the kibosh on the gallery's plans for the exhibition. Note: The origin of this expression is uncertain, but some people think that `kibosh' may come from Yiddish.
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put the kibosh on something

tv. to squelch something. The mayor put the kibosh on the whole deal.
See also: kibosh, on, put, something