put a dampener on something


put a dampener on something
to make people feel less enthusiastic or hopeful about something
Thesaurus: to make someone feel disappointed or less hopefulsynonym
Main entry: damper

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put a ˈdamper on sth idiom
(BrE also put a ˈdampener on sth) (informal) to make sth less enjoyable, successful, etc

Rain put a bit of a damper on the event.

Recession in the early nineties put a damper on growth.

Main entry:damperidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • 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 …   New idioms dictionary

  • 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 …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 …   New idioms dictionary

  • 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 …   Useful english dictionary

  • dampener — [[t]dæ̱mpnə(r)[/t]] PHRASE: V inflects, PHR n To put a dampener on something means the same as to put a damper on it. Boy, did this woman know how to put a dampener on your day …   English dictionary

  • damp·en·er — /ˈdæmpənɚ/ noun, pl ers [count] : something that reduces the force or effect of something a noise dampener put a dampener on Brit : to make (something) less strong, active, or exciting : to put a damper on (something) …   Useful english dictionary

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  • damper — UK [ˈdæmpə(r)] / US [ˈdæmpər] noun [countable] Word forms damper : singular damper plural dampers 1) a piece of metal that controls the flow of air into a fire 2) a block of wood covered with cloth, used for making the sound of a piano string… …   English dictionary

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