Definition of put an end to in US English:

put an end to

phrase

  • Cause someone or something to stop existing.

    ‘injury put an end to his career’
    • ‘This will put an end to the agonising wait at the bus stop for the harried commuter.’
    • ‘Amanda opened her mouth to say something but I put an end to that by throwing a salt shaker at her.’
    • ‘They set up housekeeping in a vacant lot, but a farmer with his tractor soon puts an end to that.’
    • ‘He tried to freeze wages but the high court put an end to that the same day with a very quick ruling.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, Hancock was too close to him to avoid a collision and he hit a wall, putting an end to his race before it had begun.’
    • ‘Predictably, the tree caught fire, putting an end to any more time-saving innovations.’
    • ‘When an injury to her knee put an end to her dancing, Riefenstahl switched to skiing.’
    • ‘This deal puts an end to three years of circus.’
    • ‘One judge finally puts an end to two disputed elections’
    • ‘But a new project, launched in Bexley in September, aims to put an end to all that.’
    • ‘And I want to be generation that puts an end to that.’
    • ‘A Government inspector has finally backed a controversial road scheme, putting an end to five years of debate and acrimonious protests.’
    destroy, kill, bring to an end, be the end of, end, extinguish, dash, quell, quash, ruin, wreck, shatter, smash, crush, scotch
    abolish, do away with, get rid of, scrap, end, stop, terminate, eradicate, eliminate, exterminate, destroy, annihilate, stamp out, obliterate, wipe out, extinguish, quash, expunge, extirpate
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