bury the hatchet

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tr.v. bur·ied, bur·y·ing, bur·ies
a. To place (a corpse) in a grave, a tomb, or the sea; inter.
b. To dispose of (a corpse) ritualistically by means other than interment or cremation.
a. To place in the ground; cover with earth: The dog buried the bone. The oil was buried deep under the tundra.
b. To place so as to conceal; hide or obscure: buried her face in the pillow; buried the secret deep within himself.
3. To occupy (oneself) with deep concentration; absorb: buried myself in my studies.
4. To put an end to; abandon: buried their quarrel and shook hands.
5. Slang To outdo or defeat by a large margin: The team was buried in the first half by its crosstown rivals.
bury the hatchet
To stop fighting; resolve a quarrel.

[Middle English burien, from Old English byrgan; see bhergh- in Indo-European roots.]

bur′i·er n.
Word History: Why does bury rhyme with berry and not with jury? The answer goes back to early English times. The late Old English form of the verb bury was byrgan, pronounced approximately (bür′yən). During Middle English times this (ü) sound changed, but with different results in different regions of England: to (o͝o) as in put in the Midlands, to (ĭ) as in pit in southern England, or to (ĕ) as in pet in southeast England. London was located in the East Midlands dialect zone, but because of its status as the capital, its East Midlands dialect was influenced by southern (Saxon) and southeastern (Kentish) dialects. The normal East Midlands development of (ü) was (o͝o), spelled u. Because scribes from the East Midlands pronounced the word with this vowel they tended to spell the word with a u, and this spelling became standard when spellings were fixed after the introduction of printing. The word's pronunciation, however, is southeastern. Bury is the only word in Modern English with a Midlands spelling and a southeastern pronunciation. Similarly, the word busy, from Old English bysig, bisig, and its verb bysgian, bisgian, "to employ," is spelled with the East Midlands dialect u, but pronounced with the southern (Saxon) development of (ü), (ĭ).


A borough of northwest England north-northwest of Manchester.

bury the hatchet

To agree to stop fighting or quarreling; from a Native American custom of physically burying a hatchet to symbolize the end of a dispute.
zakopat válečnou sekeru
begrave stridsøksen
elássa a csatabárdot
semja um friî
zakopať vojnovú sekeru
kavgaya son vermek


(ˈberi) verb
1. to place (a dead body) in a grave, the sea etc.
2. to hide (under the ground etc). My socks are buried somewhere in this drawer.
ˈburial noun
(an instance of) burying (a dead body) in a grave etc. my grandfather's burial: (also adjective) a burial service.
bury the hatchet
to stop quarrelling. Let's bury the hatchet and be friends.
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