Kibosh origin?

Michael Quinion wordseditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Thu Aug 26 12:35:56 UTC 2010

A World Wide Words subscriber suggests that the origin of "kibosh" might
lie in the Hebrew root "c-b-sh" which she tells me means to subjugate or
oppress. She notes that the vernacular usage means to end or to stop and
that it might therefore have been applied by Jews in the sense of the
early English examples. Would someone versed in Hebrew care to comment?

Michael Quinion
Editor, World Wide Words

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