from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Informal A checking or restraining element: had to put the kibosh on a poorly conceived plan.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A checking or restraining element.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Nonsense; stuff; also, fashion; style.
- n. Portland cement when thrown or blown into the recesses of carved stonework to intensify the shadows.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The form, manner, style, or fashion of something; the thing: as, that is the proper kibosh; full dress is the correct kibosh for the opera.
- n. Something indefinite; a thing of any kind not definitely conceived or intended: as, I'll give him the kibosh
- n. The thing in question; the stuff: as, that's the proper kibosh. Hence, specifically.
- n. The stuff used in filling cracks or giving finish or shadow to architectural sculptures, namely, Portland cement.
- n. Wages; money. Eng. Dial. Dict. (s. v. kybosh).
- n. Affectation; display; pretense.
- n. Stuff; nonsense; rubbish; bosh.
- n. To put the finishing touches on; perfect (one) in his trade.
- n. Intransitively, to do one's best.
- To finish off; knock out; squash completely; end.
- To throw kibosh, or Portland cement, upon (carved stonework) with a blowpipe and a brush, so as to enhance the shadows.
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- v. stop from happening or developing
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