kibosh

[ kahy-bosh, ki-bosh ]SEE DEFINITION OF kibosh

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Only be sure and say we must 'ave a day or so to work the spells and put on the kibosh.'

But what in creation was it that put the kibosh all over me like that?

I sought (without great eagerness) the companionship of Kibosh.

Kibosh had arranged all our seats, and it is the best thing I know of him.

"Suggestions are now in order," said Kibosh, taking the chairman's seat.

"He is not married, Professor," said Kibosh, tapping the inkstand soothingly.

The rest of you high-brows seem to have put the kibosh on the old boy.

She's a princess, Tommy, and that puts the kibosh on my dreams.

But if 'tisn't alive, 'tain't chin-music, but kibosh, and corpsey at that.

And it took us only one day to put the "kibosh" on that particular scheme.

WORD ORIGIN

1836, kye-bosk, in slang phrase put the kibosh on, of unknown origin, despite intense speculation. The earliest citation is in Dickens. Looks Yiddish, but origin in early 19c. English slang seems to argue against this. One candidate is Irish caip bháis, caipín báis "cap of death," sometimes said to be the black cap a judge would don when pronouncing a death sentence, but in other sources identified as a gruesome method of execution "employed by Brit. forces against 1798 insurgents" [Bernard Share, "Slanguage, A Dictionary of Irish Slang"]. Or it may somehow be connected with Turkish bosh (see bosh).

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