put (someone or something) to rest

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put (someone or something) to rest

1. To bury someone who has died. They're putting Paul to rest on Saturday, and I plan to go to the funeral service. Before you put me to rest, please make sure deliver this package to my estranged son.
2. By extension, 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.
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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?
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