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English definition of “put the lid on sth”

put the lid on sth

UK old-fashioned
If something that happens puts the lid on a plan , it causes the plan to fail : Well, James' resignation just about puts the lid on it/the project .Causing something to endComing to an end
(Definition of put the lid on sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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