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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