- 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
- put the kibosh on to put a stop to; prevent from continuing; halt
- (tr) to put a stop to
Word Origin and History for put the kibosh on
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).
Idioms and Phrases with put the kibosh on
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.
see put the kibosh on.