One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with object To do away with or quash (a thing, especially a legal process or suit).
Early 18th century; earliest use found in John Ayliffe (1676–1732), lawyer and author. From classical Latin perēmpt-, past participial stem of perimere to destroy, kill, cancel out, annul from per- + emere to buy, purchase, originally to take. Compare peremption.
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