put the kibosh on (something)

put the kibosh on (something)

To impede, spoil, or prevent something from happening or continuing. News of unrest in the area really put the kibosh on our plans to vacation there. The manager put the kibosh on our staff party, saying it would cost too much.
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put the kibosh on someone or something

Fig. to squelch someone or something; to veto someone or someone's plans. I hate to put the kibosh on Randy, but he isn't doing what he is supposed to. Your comments put the kibosh on the whole project.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

put the kibosh on

Restrain or check something, as in The rain put the kibosh on our beach party, or The boss put the kibosh on the whole project. The word kibosh has been used in English since the first half of the 1800s and its origin is unknown.
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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.

put the kibosh on something

INFORMAL, OLD-FASHIONED
If someone or something puts the kibosh on something, they prevent it from happening, continuing, or being successful. The export boom has also put the kibosh on the old belief that our economy is relatively self-sufficient. He refused to lend them the paintings, effectively putting the kibosh on the gallery's plans for the exhibition. Note: The origin of this expression is uncertain, but some people think that `kibosh' may come from Yiddish.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

put the kibosh on

put an end to; thwart the plans of. informal
The meaning and origin of kibosh is uncertain. ‘Put the kye-bosk on her’ is used by ‘a pot-boy’ in Charles Dickens's Sketches by Boz ( 1836 ).
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put the ˈkibosh on something

(old-fashioned, informal) stop something from happening: Melissa’s parents put the kibosh on her plans for a big party at her house on her birthday.
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put the kibosh on something

tv. to squelch something. The mayor put the kibosh on the whole deal.
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