lay at rest

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lay (something) at rest

To resolve, satisfy, or conclude something; to pacify or calm something. We've been arguing over this will for nearly a year now. Can't we just lay this all at rest? I hope this explanation will help finally lay these questions at rest. News of the bailout has laid the turbulent markets at rest, at least for the time being.
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lay at rest

Also, lay to rest; set at rest. Satisfy, settle, as in I'll take care of it; you can set your mind at rest, or The arbitrator is sure to lay these questions to rest. [Late 1300s] Also see at rest; lay to rest.
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The curate was known to another curate who walked in the procession, and their recognition of one another set at rest the apprehensions of both parties; the first then told the other in two words who Don Quixote was, and he and the whole troop of penitents went to see if the poor gentleman was dead, and heard Sancho Panza saying, with tears in his eyes, "Oh flower of chivalry, that with one blow of a stick hast ended the course of thy well-spent life
As I entered, however, my fears were set at rest, for it was the acrid fumes of strong coarse tobacco which took me by the throat and set me coughing.
I would fain have it set at rest on the point I last spoke of, Dorothea.
If you were in my place," answered the Sergeant, "you would have formed an opinion--and, as things are now, any doubt you might previously have felt about your own conclusions would be completely set at rest.
This mistake will soon be set at rest, and then you are a man again
As his own position was not a very pleasant one until the matter was set at rest one way or other, he did so; and Miss Brass, plying her snuff-box at a most wasteful rate, corroborated his account.
With the FATF fear set at rest for the immediate future, most stock analysts and traders thought that the market on Monday was in the grip of political uncertainty.
While Imran said in his written reply on Monday that, "My counsel appeared as pleader/advocate with full authority to act on my behalf to set at rest the liss/contempt proceeding.
We also recommend that the full report of the 'Dawn Leaks' Inquiry Committee should be made public immediately to set at rest all doubts about the culpability of persons responsible in this matter of national security.
Yolande's mind is set at rest when she spies on Darren and Libby.
The elections at local basis end various issues, which can also set at rest the public despondency.