a thing that stops (something else): now usually in put the kibosh on, to put an end to; squelch or veto
Origin of kiboshearlier also kyebosh ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Irish cie bais, literally , cap of death: influenced, influence in Eng by associated, association with bosh
A check, end, or stop: The rain put the kibosh on our plans.
Origin of kiboshOrigin unknown.
Unknown. Possibilities include:
- From the Irish caidhp bháis, meaning death cap (the hood put on someone before they were hanged to death, or the "Black cap" worn by English judges when pronouncing the death sentence).
- From the Scots kye booties, meaning cow boots (the hobble put on cattle to prevent them from straying).
- From the Hebrew כבש, (kbsh) meaning conquer or tread down.
- From the Hebrew חבש, (khbsh) meaning to bind or to imprison.
- Some connection with Turkish bosh meaning empty.