put the lid on

idiom

1
: to bring an end to (something)
The new official vowed that he would put the lid on violence once and for all.
2
chiefly British : to spoil (plans)
The rain has really put the lid on our holiday plans.

Examples of put the lid on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Let stand until cool, then put the lid on and put the jar in the fridge. Melissa Gray, Southern Living, 18 Sep. 2023 When the coals are white-gray with ash, pour them into charcoal grate, adding more charcoal if necessary, and put the lid on the grill, making sure the air vents are open all the way. Ann Maloney, Washington Post, 26 July 2022 Once boiling, stir the rice, put the lid on and turn the heat down. Lauren Corona, chicagotribune.com, 21 Mar. 2021 Fill it up, put the lid on, throw it in your bag and go anywhere with it. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, 13 Aug. 2020 Just make sure to put the lid on tightly and give it a good shake. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 7 Apr. 2023 Once the water starts to boil, lower the heat to a simmer and put the lid on the pot. Barbara Bellesi Zito, Peoplemag, 2 Mar. 2023 At this stage, in Asia, many cooks take out the chicken and plunge it in cold water, for rarer meat, but resting in the hot broth ensures it’s cooked thoroughly without a hint of pink—turn off the heat, put the lid on, and let the chicken rest for another 10 minutes. Michelle Tchea, Bon Appétit, 14 Jan. 2023 Trayce Jackson-Davis put the lid on an impressive second half with a flurry of emphatic dunks. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Jan. 2023

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“Put the lid on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put%20the%20lid%20on. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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