Definition of kibosh in English:


Syllabification: ki·bosh
Pronunciation: /kəˈbäSH, ˈkīˌbäSH


(in phrase put the kibosh on) • informal
  • Put an end to; dispose of decisively: he put the kibosh on the deal
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    • 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?
    • The city council nearly put the kybosh on the appearance by objecting to the original plan - a midnight appearance - because of safety concerns.
    • 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.
    put a stop to, stop, halt, put an end to, quash, block, cancel, scotch, thwart, prevent, suppress
    informal stymie


mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

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