draw a line under something

draw a line under something

If something draws a line under a bad situation, it allows the situation to be considered as finished. The document draws a line under our painful past and clears the way for a new beginning. An out-of-court settlement, expected this week, should finally draw a line under the affair.
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draw a ˈline under something

(British English) say that something is finished and not worth discussing any more: The company is attempting to draw a line under its recent problems.
See also: draw, line, something