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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

cushion the blow

To ease the pain or stress of something unpleasant. When my daughter had to get a shot at the doctor's office, I tried to cushion the blow by telling her we would go out for ice cream afterward.
See also: blow, cushion

cushion/soften the ˈblow

make something unpleasant seem less unpleasant and easier to accept: When he lost his job he was offered a cash payment to soften the blow.
See also: blow, cushion, soften
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Best of all the Festo DSNU-PPS self-adjusting cylinders cost less than adjustable air cushioning versions and provide far superior cushioning performance than elastomer buffers.
This product is a totally new kind of cushioning that doesn't sag, droop or go flat and far surpasses the cushioning that is currently available to the industry.
Layer crushing and sectional bulging tended to suggest that air flow through the open cell structure influenced the deformation mechanism and therefore had some bearing on cushioning performance.
Materials of this type are used in applications requiring a combination of cushioning and resilience, such as shoe inserts, gaskets and constant-load contact switches.
These control pronation with stability and very little cushioning.