Definition of kibosh in English:

kibosh

(also kybosh)

noun

informal
  • Put an end to; dispose of decisively.

    ‘he put the kibosh on the deal’
    • ‘Fortunately, Congress came to their senses and put the kybosh on the whole sordid affair.’
    • ‘You can also take the capsules, but the liquid puts the kybosh on the appetite, pronto.’
    • ‘The city council nearly put the kybosh on the appearance by objecting to the original plan - a midnight appearance - because of safety concerns.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the snow's put the kybosh on most of the festival fun planned for Saturday.’
    • ‘Assuming he puts the kibosh on that request, I need some backup plans for infiltrating the ice cream store.’
    • ‘This puts the kybosh on any claims that quality has radically improved in the past couple of years.’
    • ‘Tim has a history of failed romances, generally because his meddling mom puts the kybosh on things.’
    • ‘But the shortage of ammunition, which allowed the game birds to grow in number, put the kibosh on shooting almost entirely, and the birds multiplied in comparative peace.’
    • ‘Were you ever with a guy in a relationship with somebody so obsessed with something that you had to kind of put the kibosh on either the guy or that thing?’
    • ‘It was only after King George III put the kibosh on the pipeline project that things changed.’
    put a stop to, check, curb, stop, halt, bring to an end, put an end to, nip in the bud, quash, block, cancel, scotch, thwart, frustrate, prevent, quell, suppress
    squelch, put paid to, scupper, spike, stymie
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Origin

Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

kibosh

/ˈkʌɪbɒʃ/