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
Origin of kiboshOriginally in early 19th century colloquial to put the kibosh upon to castigate, overwhelm (a person or political party such as the British Whigs, who were criticized for failing to outlaw flogging in the military) perhaps originally meaning simply “to flog,” and from alteration (perhaps in imitation of a cracking whip) of kurbash
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.