Definitions

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  • v. To mark a bill or a debt record as "paid".
  • v. to terminate; to cancel (plans or expectations); to stop something once and for all

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To put an end to.
  • transitive v. To defeat; to cause the defeat of.

Etymologies

From put + paid. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It was sudden intervention from this quarter which put paid to the "Langbehn mission," and which ensured for the unfortunate doctor a more gruesome demise than he might otherwise have suffered.

    Barbarossa

  • But in what could be its last act in power, non-euro Britain seemingly put paid to a proposal for all 27 EU nations to guarantee massive new borrowings on bond markets in the bloc's name, at a time when Portugal, Spain and Italy are coming under rising pressure from powerful speculators.

    Bangkokpost.com : Breaking News

  • Thisbe's light, clear voice put paid to that: "Will you be happy if you get killed with full bellies?"

    Advance and Retreat

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  • Finish off, end – American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms

    It’s one of the most commonly consumed snacks in the Western world and has been made in one form or another for at least three centuries, so you might think nothing new could come of the humble french fry. But British chef Heston Blumenthal put paid to that notion years ago. He and his research chef Chris Young came up with a triple-cooked “chip” with a taste and texture that blow away anything you will find at a burger joint.
    – Scientific American, July 2011, p 27

    August 24, 2011