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- (chiefly Britain, dated) To mark a bill or a debt record as "paid".
- 1893 December, Mrs. Alexander, “Found Wanting”, in Belgravia, volume 82, page 353:
- Well, then, I'll put paid to that little account.
- (chiefly Britain, 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.
- To demonstrate as completely false.
- The young man standing outside the door, shaking like a leaf, looking like he was about to pee himself, put paid to his claim in a quavering voice, "I am not afraid!"