- put the kibosh on, to put an end to; squelch; check: Another such injury may put the kibosh on her athletic career.
Origin of kibosh
Examples from the Web for kibosh
Contemporary Examples of kibosh
But the Oscar put the kibosh on doubters; certainly nobody demanded a recount, save perhaps the four losers in his category.Many Faces and One of a Kind: The Creation of Robin Williams
August 12, 2014
But in April, a few months after she turned 40, she seemingly put the kibosh on any talk of plastic surgery.Portia de Rossi’s New Look Spooks ‘Arrested Development’ Fans
May 29, 2013
The sum total of these moves seem aimed at putting the kibosh on diplomacy.How Not To Negotiate With Iran
May 29, 2013
If British regulators hadn't put the kibosh on the deal, their plan just might have worked.European Finance Ministers Talk Tough About Bank Bailouts. Does It Matter?
March 26, 2013
Nobody in the White House will put the kibosh on a deal he wants to make.Fiscal Cliff Vote Fails Due to Republican Theology on Taxes
December 21, 2012
Historical Examples of kibosh
Only be sure and say we must 'ave a day or so to work the spells and put on the kibosh.'Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
But what in creation was it that put the kibosh all over me like that?Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay
G. Harvey Ralphson
I sought (without great eagerness) the companionship of Kibosh.
Kibosh had arranged all our seats, and it is the best thing I know of him.
"Suggestions are now in order," said Kibosh, taking the chairman's seat.
- put the kibosh on to put a stop to; prevent from continuing; halt
- (tr) to put a stop to
Word Origin for kibosh
1836, kye-bosk, in slang phrase put the kibosh on, of unknown origin, despite intense speculation. The earliest citation is in Dickens. Looks Yiddish, but origin in early 19c. English slang seems to argue against this. One candidate is Irish caip bháis, caipín báis "cap of death," sometimes said to be the black cap a judge would don when pronouncing a death sentence, but in other sources identified as a gruesome method of execution "employed by Brit. forces against 1798 insurgents" [Bernard Share, "Slanguage, A Dictionary of Irish Slang"]. Or it may somehow be connected with Turkish bosh (see bosh).
see put the kibosh on.