kibosh

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Noun[edit]

kibosh (uncountable)

  1. (slang) A checking or restraining element.

Quotations[edit]

"Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street", written by George Dibden Pitt in 1842 for the Britannia Theatre, Hoxton, at Act 3, Scene 2:
JARVIS WILLIAMS (to the Keepers of a madhouse at Peckham): "Stand off you cowardly rascals, or I'll put the 'kiebosh' on the whole consarn."
JONAS: "The 'kiebosh'?"
JARVIS WILLIAMS: "Yes, it's a word of Greek extraction, signifying the upset of the apple-cart - so - bunk!"
JONAS: "Bunk?"
JARVIS WILLIAMS: "Yes, that's another Greek word, and means G.O., go."

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