kibosh
noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1836 something that serves as a check or stop <
put the kibosh on that
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kibosh transitive verb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Kibosh — Ki bosh, n. 1. Nonsense; stuff; also, fashion; style. [Slang] [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. Portland cement when thrown or blown into the recesses of carved stonework to intensify the shadows. {To put the kibosh on}, to dispose of; to squelch; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 Ir. caip… …   Etymology dictionary

  • kibosh — (also kybosh) ► NOUN (in phrase put the kibosh on) informal ▪ put a decisive end to. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • kibosh — [kī′bäsh΄, ki bäsh′] n. [earlier also kyebosh < ? Ir cie bais, lit., cap of death: infl. in Eng by assoc. with BOSH1] Slang a thing that stops (something else): now usually in put the kibosh on, to put an end to; squelch or veto …   English World dictionary

  • kibosh — [n] stop cancellation, check, curb, end, halt, veto; concept 119 …   New thesaurus

  • kibosh — [“kaibaf OR ka”baf] 1. tv. to end something; to squelch something. □ Please don’t try to kibosh the scheme this time. □ Fred kiboshed our plan. 2. n. the end; the final blow; the thing that terminates something. (Usually with the. See also put… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • kibosh — /kuy bosh, ki bosh /, n. Informal. 1. nonsense. 2. put the kibosh on, to put an end to; squelch; check: Another such injury may put the kibosh on her athletic career. [1830 40; of obscure orig.] * * * …   Universalium

  • kibosh — n. (colloq.) end to put the kibosh on smt. * * * [ kaɪbɒʃ] (colloq.) [ end ] to put the kibosh on smt …   Combinatory dictionary

  • kibosh —    (KYE bosh) [poss. Yiddish] Originally and informally, nonsense. To put the kibosh on: to put an end to something; to squelch; to spoil; to veto.    Our manager is trying to put the kibosh on a staff member who spends most of the day logged on… …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • kibosh — ki|bosh [ˈkaıbɔʃ US ba:ʃ] n put the kibosh on sth old fashioned informal to stop a plan, idea etc from developing = ↑ruin …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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