put paid to (something)

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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 something

mainly BRITISH
COMMON If an event puts paid to someone's hopes, chances, or plans, it completely ends or destroys them. Great Britain's poor performance here last night has put paid to their chances of reaching the Olympic finals. The past week has probably put paid to hopes that share prices in New York and London would rise strongly for the rest of the year.
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put paid to

stop abruptly; destroy. informal
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put ˈpaid to something

(informal) make it impossible for something to happen or continue: Her poor exam results have put paid to any chance she had of getting into medical school.
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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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At one time Britain had one of the best rail systems in the world, but Lord Beeching and Tony Blair put paid to that.
After a warm week, hopes were high that the fish in Magiscroft's Main Loch would be feeding well, but a cold night soon put paid to that idea.
Loose Scu used to have a reputation for being shrewd, but the Greed is Good culture over which he now presides has put paid to that.
Yes it would take funding and hard work but I remember going to Seaton when I was a kid, to the large funfair with the mad mouse, but the foreign holiday trade put paid to that.
It used to be nice having a trip to local villages to have a drink but I guess the drink-and-drive laws put paid to that.
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.
Spurs had been linked with a move for Leeds striker Robbie Keane but Glenn Hoddle has put paid to that idea.
Last year should have been a year of celebration for the Welsh Pony and Cob Society as it marked its 100th birthday, but the foot-and-mouth epidemic put paid to that.
ENGLAND should have been looking to contrive a narrow, high-scoring defeat from this afternoon's Pool B finale against Tonga to guarantee the best third-place spot and an easier route to the semis, but the Samoans put paid to that little ruse.
The winner carries the colours of Ray Green and his wife Anita, and the former said: "We were going to run her at York last Tuesday, but the weather put paid to that.