lay to rest(redirected from go to rest)
lay (someone or something) to rest
1. To bury someone who has died. Paul will be laid to rest on Saturday, and I plan to go to the funeral service.
2. By extension, to stop or finish discussing, thinking about, or focusing on something. OK, I think we have to agree to disagree. Let's just lay the issue to rest and stop arguing. Why are you still being so jealous? I thought we'd laid this all to rest ages ago.
lay someone to rest
Euph. to bury a dead person. They laid her to rest by her mother and father, out in the old churchyard. We gather together today to lay our beloved son to rest.
lay to rest
1. See lay at rest.
2. Bury someone, as in She wanted to be laid to rest beside her husband. This usage replaced the earlier go to rest. [Late 1800s]
lay to rest
Bury; also, settle something with finality. In the first sense, this expression dates from the late nineteenth century, although rest in the sense of death was so used from about 1400 on. It appears in an American cowboy song, “And they laid him down to rest, with a lily on his chest.” In the second sense, it was earlier expressed as set at rest and dates from Shakespeare’s day. Charles Kingsley used the present locution in Westward Ho! (1855): “His fears, such as they were, were laid to rest.”