lay something to rest

lay (something) to rest

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.
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lay something to rest

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put something to rest

If you lay something such as fears or rumours to rest or if you put them to rest, you succeed in proving that they are not true. His speech should lay those fears to rest. I am determined to put to rest these rumours that we are in financial trouble.
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lay something to rest

soothe and dispel fear, anxiety, grief, and similar unpleasant emotions.
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lay something to ˈrest

stop something by showing that it is not true: The media speculation about their relationship has finally been laid to rest.
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And while we're on the subject of the Italians and the French, let me lay something to rest right now.