put the tin lid on (something)

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put the tin lid on (something)

To finish or complete a bad experience or situation in an especially negative way. Primarily heard in UK. The downgrading of the company's credit rating puts the tin lid on a disastrous year for their financial situation. What a bad day: I left my phone in the grocery store, my car broke down on the way home, and, to put the tin lid on it, my groceries broke through the bag as I was walking to the front door.
See also: lid, on, put, tin

put the tin lid on something

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
You say that something puts the tin lid on a bad situation when it is a final unpleasant event in a series. Next day, to put the tin lid on things, a hospital appointment letter for Jane arrived from the clinic.
See also: lid, on, put, something, tin
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If we had lost after what happened to him during the week it would have put the tin lid on it for him.
A WIGAN victory tomorrow would put the tin lid on an embarrassing week for United.
Stomp put the tin lid on it at the Birmingham Hippodrome
Brian Felvus' injury time third simply put the tin lid on a miserable afternoon for Albion,whose boss Jim Chapman said: "It was basic errors that cost us today