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put the kibosh on (something)

To put a stop to something or check it in some way. The boss finally put the kibosh on our two-hour lunch meetings.
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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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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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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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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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