Definition of kibosh
: something that serves as a check or stop —usually used in the phrase put the kibosh on nevitably, though, another recession will come putting the kibosh on job and income growth … — Joseph Spiers
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Related Story Miley Cyrus Wears Engagement Ring on Single Cover After Billy Ray posted an Instagram that could be (very liberally) construed as a wedding announcement, Mama Cyrus has put the kibosh on rumors of the couple's elopement.
This perk can also put the kibosh on bleeding after birth, according to ACOG.
After Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron reportedly put the kibosh on a Texas satellite camp in Hammond, La., the school has seemingly blocked redshirt freshman offensive lineman Willie Allen from transferring to TCU.
When Bloomberg News reported that a possible deal between Kushner and Anbang was in the works, the Chinese firm quickly put the kibosh on the story.
The committee also put the kibosh on frequent screening of patients with normal bone density, since most measurements don't change within 15 years.
Poop: South Florida farmers have put the kibosh on plans for a horse manure recycling facility, the Sun Sentinel's Andy Reid reports.
The Department of Justice recently put the kibosh on United’s plans to expand even further at Newark.
Longtime homeowners in Jersey City, N.J., are trying to put the kibosh on endless aggressive real estate solicitations sparked by a hot property market.
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For almost two centuries, kibosh has taxed the ingenuity of etymologists. It was prominent enough in lower-class London speech to attract the attention of Charles Dickens, who used it in 1836 in an early sketch, but little else is certain. Claims were once made that it was Yiddish, despite the absence of a plausible Yiddish source. Another hypothesis points to Gaelic caidhp bháis—pronounced similarly to, and meaning, "coif of death"—explained as headgear a judge put on when pronouncing a death sentence, or as a covering pulled over the face of a corpse when a coffin was closed. But evidence for any metaphorical use of this phrase in Irish is lacking, and kibosh is not recorded as spoken in Ireland until decades after Dickens' use.
Origin and Etymology of kibosh
First Known Use: 1830See Words from the same year
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