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Compare bosh (nonsense).



kibosh (uncountable)

  1. (slang, dated) Nonsense, bosh. [19th c.]
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Charles Dickens to this entry?)
  2. (slang) A checking or restraining element. Only used in put the kibosh on.
  3. (slang, dated) Fashion; style.
    • George Ade, Breaking into Society (1902), "Rugged Hiram and Hiram's Giddy Wife":
      She was, in very Sooth, among the highest of the Rollers, but Hiram stood for the Bills with nary a Whimper. He was proud to be the Husband of the Lady Ki-Bosh of the Local Knickerbockers.

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kibosh (third-person singular simple present kiboshes, present participle kiboshing, simple past and past participle kiboshed)

  1. (transitive) To decisively terminate.