One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Stop abruptly; destroy.‘Denmark's victory put paid to our hopes of qualifying’
forestall, thwart, frustrate, baulk, stand in the way ofView synonyms
- ‘It was originally a wooden structure, but a large wave back in the 19th century put paid to that in one easy pounding.’
- ‘The top right wisdom tooth had been salvaged but apparently all it takes is one good bite of a pork chop to put paid to that.’
- ‘Play was due to resume again at 6pm but a squall put paid to that.’
- ‘The whole impact was lost last year though as rain put paid to all the plans and it ended up being an indoor bazaar at the Guild Hall.’
- ‘We had an idyllic weekend planned with friends, but a sudden illness in their family put paid to that.’
- ‘But three tries in the space of five minutes just before half-time put paid to any chance of victory.’
- ‘The big freeze that gripped the region over the New Year put paid to nearly all angling activity at the weekend.’
- ‘Well, I was going to provide a report from the remainder of my match tonight, but the rain put paid to that.’
- ‘The floods that threatened to deluge the centre of York yesterday put paid to virtually all weekend river match action.’
- ‘Once again the foot and mouth crisis put paid to what would have been the final weekend of the river season.’
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