put (something) to rest

put (something) to rest

1. To stop or finish discussing, thinking about, or focusing on something. OK, I think we have to agree to disagree. Let's just put the issue to rest and stop arguing. Why are you still being so jealous? I thought we'd put this all to rest ages ago.
2. To prove or demonstrate that something is false so as to resolve doubt or uncertainty around it. A: "You know, going out on the town with Andrew isn't going to put the rumors about you two to rest." B: "I don't care what people say about us!"
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put something to rest

 and lay something to rest
Fig. to put an end to a rumor; to finish dealing with something and forget about it. I've heard enough about Ann and her illness. I'd like to put the whole matter to rest. I'll be happy to lay it to rest, but will Jane?
See also: put, rest, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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