put an end to (something)

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put an end to (something)

To stop, cease, or conclude something. I'm going to put an end to the corruption in this department once and for all! I wish my sisters would put an end to their bickering and just be civil to one another!
See also: end, put, to
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put an end to

Also, put a stop to. Terminate, abolish, as in It's time they put an end to their feud, or The police chief vowed to put a stop to prostitution. This locution is more emphatic than the plain verbs end or stop. [Mid-1600s]
See also: end, put, to
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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"What is your name?" I asked abruptly, to put an end to it.
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