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put paid to (something)

To consider something finished or ended; to put something to rest or no longer give it any attention. After a lengthy debate, we finally put paid to the decision about who would take over the estate. Email has almost completely put paid to the act of sending handwritten letters anymore.
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put paid to something

to consider something closed or completed; to mark or indicate that something is no longer important or pending. (As if one were stamping a bill "paid".) At last, we were able to put paid to the matter of who is to manage the accounts.
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put paid to

Finish off, end, as in We'd best put paid to this issue. [Early 1900s]
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put paid to

stop abruptly; destroy. informal
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put paid to

Chiefly British
To finish off; put to rest: "We've given up saying we only kill to eat; Kraft dinner and freeze-dried food have put paid to that one" (Margaret Atwood).
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Cammell Laird Reserves were grateful to Jamie Holmes and Lee Bridge whose strikes put paid to a Vauxhall Reserves outfit unable to summon a reply and Newton stayed in the hunt when the experienced Lee Kissock netted the only goal of the game in their contest against Willaston.
Chris Todd, 66, took up umpiring after illness put paid to his playing days with Crosby's Hightown Hockey Club.
Ngong Hills, who for most of the final circuit looked the likeliest winner, traded at 1.37, but crashing through five out surely took something out of him and may have put paid to his chances.
The wintry weather that has gripped the country put paid to the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final with Rovers last Tuesday and then Saturday's league game at Wigan.
SURELY if everyone who voted for Joe McElderry on The X Factor on Sunday night now buys his single that would put paid to the Rage Against The Machine campaign to scupper the Christmas N0.1.
13 Birkenhead Park ...10 BY ANDREW STRATTON A LATE penalty goal put paid to Birkenhead in this National Three North League fixture.
His efforts to devolve government in Scotland were obviously not intended to better the Scots, but to put paid to his bitter enemies - the SNP.
ENGLAND women's hopes of completing a 5-0 series whitewash over Australia were dashed as torrential rain put paid to the final one-day international at Lord's.
The three time Senior Open winner shot four birdies on his way to a level-par round of 71 at this stage last year, but Tom Kite's round of 76 put paid to any title aspirations he had.
The Lightning are hoping to improve on last season's third place in the league, when persistent inclement weather put paid to any title aspirations, and face a tough match against the Gladiators, who are sure to be full of confidence following their promotion from Division Two.
Unfortunately the weather put paid to any final game, and Rhiwbina shared the silverware with the valleys team.
STUNNING Charlize Theron put paid to any rumours she's engaged to boyfriend Stuart Townsend yesterday.
If Birmingham was brave -or foolhardy - enough to impose a three-day ban, the ensuing chaos and pressure on an inept public transport system would put paid to the should-we shouldn't-we debate for years
But Ramsay's exclusive restaurant at Claridges put paid to their plans, when a fire erupted in its kitchen.
Tosh looked to have sealed the win for the home side when he notched up his third in the 90th minute but Stenny put paid to that and levelled through Colin Waldie.