close the book on something
- 1) to end something unpleasant that has been continuing for a long time
It's time to close the book on this unfortunate period in our history.2) to stop working on something because you do not believe that you will achieve your aim
It can be difficult to close the book on something you've worked on for so long.
English dictionary. 2014.
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