give it a rest

Definition of give it a rest

informal
used to tell someone to stop talking about something
  • Oh, give it a rest! I don't want to hear it.

Word by Word Definitions

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

  1. : capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

rest play
  1. : repose, sleep

  2. : freedom from activity or labor

  3. : a state of motionlessness or inactivity

  1. : to get rest by lying down

  2. : to lie dead

  3. : to cease from action or motion : refrain from labor or exertion

  1. : a projection or attachment on the side of the breastplate of medieval armor for supporting the butt of a lance

  1. : something that remains over : remainder


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