Posted by R. Berg on March 26, 2003
In Reply to: To Put Paid To posted by ESC on March 26, 2003
: : Hello, I was just hoping some one might know the origin and meaning of the phrase "to put paid to". Thanks in advance for any assistance.
: My opinion: It means to be done with -- all accounts in order, everything settled. The expression calls to mind the word "paid" stamped on bills. "Winning the race 'put paid to' the idea that he was a quitter."
expression makes more sense if you write it like this:
to put "paid" to
showing that the WORD "paid" is to be put to something.