kibosh(redirected from puts the kybosh on)
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A check, end, or stop: The rain put the kibosh on our plans.
[Originally in early 19th century colloquial to put the kibosh upon, to castigate, overwhelm (a person or political party such as the British Whigs, who were criticized for failing to outlaw flogging in the military), perhaps originally meaning simply "to flog," and from alteration (perhaps in imitation of a cracking whip) of kurbash.]
put the kibosh on to put a stop to; prevent from continuing; halt
(tr) to put a stop to
[C19: of unknown origin]
ki•bosh(ˈkaɪ bɒʃ, kɪˈbɒʃ)
put the kibosh on, to put an end to.
[1830–40; of obscure orig.]
Past participle: kiboshed
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|Verb||1.||kibosh - stop from happening or developing; "Block his election"; "Halt the process"|
embargo - prevent commerce; "The U.S. embargoes Libya"
foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent, forbid - keep from happening or arising; make impossible; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"
stay - stop a judicial process; "The judge stayed the execution order"