put something to bed

put (something) to bed

1. To complete something or some initial preparatory phase. I thought you'd put the proofreading for that edition to bed weeks ago! We should be able to put this project to bed next week.
2. To stop discussing, thinking about, or focusing on something. OK, I think we have to agree to disagree. Let's just put the issue to bed and stop arguing. Why are you still being so jealous? I thought we'd put this all to bed ages ago.
See also: bed, put

put something to bed

If you put a plan or task to bed, you achieve it or complete it successfully. Before putting the agreement to bed, we still had to satisfy Fran Murray. Note: On an old-style printing press, the bed is the flat part that holds the type. If journalists talk about putting a newspaper or magazine to bed, they are talking about making the final changes before printing.
See also: bed, put, something
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