Definition of kibosh in English:

kibosh

(also kybosh)

noun

in phrase put the kibosh on
informal
  • Put an end to; dispose of decisively:

    ‘he put the kibosh on the deal’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tim has a history of failed romances, generally because his meddling mom puts the kybosh on things.’
    • ‘This puts the kybosh on any claims that quality has radically improved in the past couple of years.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the snow's put the kybosh on most of the festival fun planned for Saturday.’
    • ‘It was only after King George III put the kibosh on the pipeline project that things changed.’
    • ‘Assuming he puts the kibosh on that request, I need some backup plans for infiltrating the ice cream store.’
    • ‘The city council nearly put the kybosh on the appearance by objecting to the original plan - a midnight appearance - because of safety concerns.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘You can also take the capsules, but the liquid puts the kybosh on the appetite, pronto.’
    • ‘Fortunately, Congress came to their senses and put the kybosh on the whole sordid affair.’
    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/