Definition of lay a (or the) ghost in English:

lay a (or the) ghost

phrase

  • 1Exorcise a ghost.

    • ‘And perhaps some form of exorcism or " laying the ghost ".’
    • ‘Mick said there were stories of various attempts to lay the ghost.’
    1. 1.1 Finally cease to be troubled by the memory of an unpleasant situation or event.
      ‘we need to lay the ghost of the past and move ahead’
      • ‘Valentukevicius, however, wants to lay the ghosts of the war to rest forever.’
      • ‘British Airways wants to lay the ghost of the victorious unofficial walkouts by check-in staff in July 2003.’
      • ‘Claire after winning € 20,000 on a lottery ticket heads off to Greece with her young daughter to lay the ghosts of her past to rest.’
      • ‘Perhaps incorporating the brand in staffing will lay the ghost to rest.’
      • ‘The army prided itself in re-establishing its deterrence over Hamas, laying the ghosts of Lebanon in 2006.’
      • ‘If you set out to lay a ghost by writing a novel, it may or may not end up being a good book.’
      • ‘For me, drawing's uniqueness has something to do with the fundamental activity of actually trying to lay a ghost or exorcise oneself.’
      • ‘It won't lay a ghost overnight, but such a campaign might stop anarchy and chaos for ever haunting football yet to come.’
      • ‘It is entirely up to you what type of publication you have and up to us to present it in a way that will make you smile, feel proud or even lay a ghost to rest by way of cathartic exercise.’
      • ‘Having said that, this is an opportunity to lay a ghost to rest and rehearse a form of communication that is common in professional practice.’
      • ‘It is as hard for a man to escape assassination as it is to lay a ghost.’
      • ‘A virtual passenger four years ago against France following pre-match convulsions, the 25-year-old was clearly a man who had laid a ghost to rest.’
      • ‘But she's also keen to lay a ghost from her past that could also provide her with some hope for the future.’
      • ‘Cougars are out for revenge against Sheffield Eagles on Sunday - to lay the ghosts of last year's nightmare defeats.’
      • ‘Once you have laid a ghost to rest, he or she can join your team and you can use them in future missions.’
      • ‘It felt like I wanted to reconcile with them, to lay a ghost, but I never managed to.’
      • ‘I think, accordingly, the best thing for me to do is, to sit down and lay the ghost by writing out my story.’
      • ‘Can it lay the ghost of the Roman imperium and become something other than a male gerontocracy?’
      • ‘As long as it persists, Japan will never lay the ghost of its past.’
      • ‘Having eaten and rested it was time once again to lay the ghosts to rest and pay respects to the many Germans who had fallen in the desert.’