lay the ghost of (something) to rest

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lay the ghost of (something) to rest

To do something that finally eliminates one's long-held fears, worries, or distress about something that happened in the past. New DNA evidence in the decades-old investigation finally laid the ghost of these accusations to rest for Mr. Jones. It wasn't until I got my new job that I could finally lay the ghost of my departure from the bureau to rest.
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lay the ghost of something

If you lay the ghost of something bad in your past, you do something which stops you being upset or affected by it. Jockey Maguire laid the ghost of a terrible week with a triumphant win in the Irish Champion Hurdle yesterday. Note: You can also say that you lay to rest the ghost of something with the same meaning. Timmis seems to have laid to rest the ghost of her unhappy 1992 campaign when she failed to make the Olympic team.
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lay a (or the) ghost

get rid of a distressing, frightening, or worrying memory or thought.
The image here is of exorcizing an unquiet or evil spirit.
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MIGHT BITE blended brilliance with maturity to deliver for punters in Kempton's King George VI Chase -- and lay to rest the ghost of his Boxing Day fall 12 months ago.
MILOS Raonic wants to lay to rest the ghost of his last grand slam semi-final exit at Wimbledon in 2014 by beating Andy Murray at the Australian Open.
CANADA'S Milos Raonic wants to lay to rest the ghost of his last grand slam semi-final exit at Wimbledon in 2014 by beating Andy Murray at the Australian Open.
This year, the menfolk of South Wales will meet the challenge of great giftbuying (and let's lay to rest the ghost of Christmases past - allow yourself one more fleeting memory of that time she threw the deep fat fryer at your head on Christmas morning and move on).
Shannon Rock and David Cottin looked set to lay to rest the ghost of previous disappointments but were caught in the final two strides by Storm Of Saintly and 20-year-old Vincent Cheminaud, who was having his first ride in the race.
Surely, this should come revealingly to their utter bewilderment that what they are projecting as a monumental milestone to lay to rest the ghost of praetorian intervention for good is being popularly viewed as mere vengeance.
Right wing Nathan Bressington then scored a try either side of the break to lay to rest the ghost of last year's ultimately costly defeat.
Now back and ready for a crack at gold in his home city, Hawes believes Team GB have a great opportunity to lay to rest the ghost of that famous 1988 side.
Goal hero Pascali was delighted to lay to rest the ghost of Killie's recent 6-3 drubbing from Inverness at the same venue.
Every day after school and at weekends, while his classmates swap football stickers, Steven digs to lay to rest the ghost of the uncle he never knew, who disappeared aged 11 and is assumed to have fallen victim to the notorious serial killer Arnold Avery.
The play, Gabriel's Hounds, follows the story of miner's widow Sal as she attempts to lay to rest the ghost of her husband who was killed in a mining accident.
Neil Swithenbank will attempt to lay to rest the ghost of his Tour of the Borders race as he returns to the area for the Beaumont Trophy from Ponteland Sports Centre on Sunday.
The main character, though, is a recently retired Inspector Frank Elder who tries to lay to rest the ghost of an unsolved case when the prime suspect, a convicted sex offender, is released from prison.
This year, the menfolk of South Wales will rise up and meet the challenge of great gift buying for their women (and while we're at it, let's lay to rest the ghost of Christmases past - allow yourself one more fleeting memory of that unfortunate time she threw the deep fat fryer at your head on Christmas morning and move on).
The Wolves striker, eager to lay to rest the ghost of his Hampden howler when he blew a gift chance against Norway, said: "I had a good chat with George on the phone last week.