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beside the cushion

Unimportant. A digression. Oh, that's beside the cushion. Let's get back to the main topic.
See also: beside, cushion

miss the cushion

To fail in some way. The phrase is similar in meaning and use to "miss the mark." I felt confident going into the interview, but I think I really missed the cushion, judging by the recruiter's facial expressions.
See also: cushion, miss

soften the blow

also cushion the blow
to make a difficult experience less unpleasant Special relief funds have been set aside to soften the blow to families that lost someone in the disaster.
See also: blow, soften

cushion the blow

to do something that reduces harm The way to cushion the blow is to raise prices slowly, not all at once.
Etymology: from the idea of making the force of one thing hitting another less damaging by surrounding it with something soft
See also: blow, cushion

soften the blow

to make something unpleasant easier to accept Although tuition rates are going up, more scholarships will be available to soften the blow. Not only were they losing their jobs, but they could not count on any financial cushion to soften the blow.
See also: blow, soften

cushion/soften the blow

to make a difficult experience less unpleasant Free street parking is to be abolished, but residents are being offered reduced price parking permits in an attempt to cushion the blow.
See strike a blow for, blow up in face, blow a hole in, blast to kingdom come, blow the lid off, blow own trumpet, blow a raspberry, blow socks off, let off steam
See also: blow, cushion
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Mohawk Industries is planning to add another carpet cushion manufacturing facility to supply what it sees as a growing business.
Above (and front cover) - from the Fine Linens Company, 14in square cushion, pounds 15; bolster cushion, pounds 15; and bedspread (gold only), pounds 200
The cause was that the transfer point was set too close to the cushion position.
Moreover, they found, the procedure was made easier because the patients were conscious and were able to position themselves on the water-filled cushion.
The study examines JCMHE's patient volume and revenue both prior to and following implementation and marketing of the cushion and digital mammography.
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But just as a mat allows practitioners to be more stable in their routine, the right cushion reduces pain, adds to the comfort and increases endurance.
ADD a seaside feel with this beach hut appliqu cushion, pounds 20, and beach hut shaped cushion, pounds 10, both from the Nautical collection by Linea at House of Fraser.
Irma cushion, 58p, Ofelia cushion range, from pounds 6.
The favourite of home fashionistas, Sia has some fabulous pastel cushions and zingy matching accessories.
Made from a flexible form of aerospace honeycomb, the lightweight Bariatric Cushion has two soft layers fused to the back of a bottom layer.
Your body weight is a big factor in determining which shoe is best for you; in general, the more you weigh, the more cushion your feet need to withstand the pavement pounding.
The company's hydraulic Cushion system is composed of a mechanical screw and a hydraulic cushion placed between the screw and the bearing box of the movable roll.