put paid to

put paid to

(?), v. t. 1. To put an end to. Hence: To prove false; to discredit; as, Galileo's observations put paid to the notion that the Earth was the center of the universe.
[PJC]

2. To defeat; to cause the defeat of.
[PJC]

The Argentine's infamous Hand of God goals when he punched the ball into the net, and a spectacular solo effort put paid to England in the last eight . . .
Sunday Times, 17 May 1998
[PJC]

 

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