"put the 'Kibosh on 'em" (antedating, 1834)

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Fri May 21 00:24:53 UTC 2010

Charles Dickens wrote "...put the kibosk on her, Mary" in 1836.
Here is an apparent antedating.
Observer [London], Sunday Nov. 30, 1834, p. 4 col. 4.
Retirement of the Late Ministry Explained
....Mr. Dyer put the moderate fine of one shilling and costs on both defendants-- "Ah!" said Smith, as he left the office, this here hact vos the vork of the Vigs, and now the Duke of Vellington as put the 'Kibosh' on 'em, vich they never would have got if they hadn't passed it; that's vat floored 'em.

Stephen Goranson

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