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Difference between Give something a rest and Put something to rest

give something a reststop talking about or doing smth. for a period of time:

  • I think you ought to give football a rest for a time.

put something to rest—(also: lay something to rest)

1. dispel fears, rumors, etc.:

  • The day is approaching when other popular misconceptions will be put to rest.

2. settle an issue, dispute, etc., especially so as to be free of it:

  • I am hoping to do enough research on it to finally put it to rest this fall.