put paid to

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From put + paid.

Verb[edit]

put paid to (third-person singular simple present puts paid to, present participle putting paid to, simple past and past participle put paid to)

  1. (chiefly UK, dated) To mark a bill or a debt record as "paid".
    • 1893 December, Mrs. Alexander, “Found Wanting”, Belgravia, volume 82, page 353: 
      Well, then, I'll put paid to that little account.
  2. (chiefly UK, idiomatic) to terminate; to cancel (plans or expectations); to stop something once and for all
    The rain put paid to our plans for a picnic.

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