put a damper on something


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 of a fire

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  • 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 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! …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • 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 …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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) 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 …   New idioms dictionary

  • 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… …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • 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

  • 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 …   English dictionary


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