put a damper on


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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  • 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 — (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 — ► put a damper on informal have a subduing effect on. Main Entry: ↑damper …   English terms dictionary

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

  • 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) …   American business jargon

  • put a damper on — have a subduing or inhibiting effect on. → damper …   English new terms 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 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 …   New idioms dictionary


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