to put a damper on

  • 1 put a damper on — To inhibit or subdue • • • Main Entry: ↑damp * * * have a depressing, subduing, or inhibiting effect on he put a damper on her youthful excitement * * * put a damper on : to make (something) less strong, active, or exciting His bad mood put a… …

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  • 2 put a damper on something — put a damper/dampener/on something informal phrase to make people feel less enthusiastic or hopeful about something Thesaurus: to make someone feel disappointed or less hopefulsynonym Main entry …

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  • 3 put a damper on something — put a damper on (something) to make something less enjoyable. The terrible weather put a damper on this year s New Year celebrations. Etymology: a damper is a device that reduces the loudness of sound, esp. on a piano, or controls the temperature …

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  • 4 put a damper on — (something) to make something less enjoyable. The terrible weather put a damper on this year s New Year celebrations. Etymology: a damper is a device that reduces the loudness of sound, esp. on a piano, or controls the temperature of a fire …

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  • 5 put a damper on (something) — put a damper/dampener on (something) to stop an occasion from being enjoyable. Steve lost his wallet so that rather put a damper on the evening. We were both ill while we were in Boston, which put a bit of a dampener on things …

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  • 6 put a damper on — ► put a damper on informal have a subduing effect on. Main Entry: ↑damper …

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  • 7 put a damper on — index discourage Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 8 put a damper on something — tv. to reduce the intensity of something, such as a problem. □ The death of the chief put a damper on the ceremony. □ I hate to put a damper on your party, but you are too loud! …

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  • 9 put a damper on —    If someone or something puts a damper on a situation or event, they do something to make it less successful or enjoyable.     The party was going great until the neighbours complaints put a damper on it …

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  • 10 put a damper on — verb To stop people from enjoying an activity John told us he had lost his job, which put a damper on the celebrations …

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  • 11 put a damper on — discourage, spoil a person s fun The death of the president put a damper on the anniversary celebrations …

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  • 12 put a damper on (to) —  Discourage.  ► “The demise of President Clinton’s healthcare reform plan has not put a damper on employer’s efforts to reduce healthcare costs by joining forces.” (Compensation & Benefits Review, March/April 1995, p. 15) …

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  • 13 put a damper on — have a subduing or inhibiting effect on. → damper …

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  • 14 put a dampener on something — put a damper/dampener/on something informal phrase to make people feel less enthusiastic or hopeful about something Thesaurus: to make someone feel disappointed or less hopefulsynonym Main entry …

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  • 15 damper — ► NOUN 1) a pad silencing a piano string. 2) a device for reducing vibration or oscillation. 3) a movable metal plate in a flue or chimney, used to regulate the draught. ● put a damper on Cf. ↑put a damper on …

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  • 16 damper — [dam′pər] n. [see DAMP] 1. anything that deadens or depresses 2. a movable plate or valve in the flue of a stove or furnace, for controlling the draft 3. a device to check vibration in the strings of a stringed keyboard instrument 4. a device for …

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  • 17 put a dampener on (something) — put a damper/dampener on (something) to stop an occasion from being enjoyable. Steve lost his wallet so that rather put a damper on the evening. We were both ill while we were in Boston, which put a bit of a dampener on things …

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  • 18 put a dampener on — Brit : to make (something) less strong, active, or exciting : to put a damper on (something) His bad mood put a dampener on the celebration. • • • Main Entry: ↑dampener …

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  • 19 damper — [[t]dæ̱mpə(r)[/t]] dampers 1) N COUNT A damper is a small sheet of metal in a fire, boiler, or furnace that can be moved to increase or reduce the amount of air that enters. 2) N COUNT A damper is a device in a piano or similar musical instrument …

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  • 20 damper — n. deadening influence to put a damper on * * * [ dæmpə] [ deadening influence ] to put a damper on …

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