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put a dampener on (something)

To discourage, inhibit, or deter something; to make something less enjoyable, pleasant, or fun; to have a subduing or deadening effect on something. (A variant of "put a damper on something.") The foul weather really put a dampener on our picnic yesterday. Without question, this tax scandal has put a dampener on the senator's likelihood of being re-elected. CDs quickly became the dominant format for music, but when digital formats arrived soon thereafter, it put a dampener on CD sales just as quickly.
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put the dampener on (something)

To discourage or deter something; to make something less enjoyable, pleasant, or fun; to extinguish or lessen people's enthusiasm for something. (A less common variant of "put a dampener on something.") The foul weather really put the dampener on our picnic yesterday. Without question, this tax scandal has put the dampener on the senator's likelihood of being re-elected. CDs quickly became the dominant format for music, but when digital formats arrived soon thereafter, it put the dampener on CD sales just as quickly.
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put a damper on something

Fig. to have a dulling or numbing influence on something. The bad news really put a damper on everything. The rainy weather put a damper on our picnic.
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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/dampener on something

to stop an occasion from being enjoyable
Usage notes: A damper is a device used on piano strings to make the sound less loud.
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.
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put a damper on

Discourage, dishearten, deter, as in Grandpa's death put a damper on our Christmas holidays. This idiom employs the noun damper in the sense of "something that damps or depresses the spirits," a usage dating from the mid-1700s.
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Since we can be pretty sure no single location is going to be best for every load, testing was done with the dampener set flush with the muzzle, as it comes from the factory.
Tapflo dampeners are highly suitable for all types of media, but especially on products that are shear sensitive or where production requires a particularly smooth flow such as in chocolate manufacturing using jacketed polished stainless steel units.
This result has put a bit of a dampener on it, but I'm glad I was involved in the squad.
Sunday will stay warm, with highs of 18C and 19C in the East - but duller and cloudier conditions could put a dampener on any Bank Holiday plans.
Everyone wants to have a merry Christmas but the writers are determined to put a dampener on everything.
But R&A chief executive Peter Dawson put a dampener on those expectations ahead of today's first round of the 141st Open at Royal Lytham, revealing a lot of hard work and "a huge amount" of money still needs to be spent.
Without putting a dampener on things, the youngster will no doubt be aware he still has a great deal of work to do between now and the age of 18.
General manager Rafael Gonzalez said: "We have already seen a boom in Christmas party bookings this year which is fantastic and shows that people are not willing to let the recession put a dampener on the festive season.
UNCERTAINTY caused by the general election put a dampener on the housing market during May with prices in England and Wales edging ahead by just 0.
ENGLAND are 3-1 to win the first Test against Sri Lanka which starts in Kandy early on Saturday morning after back spasms for paceman Steve Harmison put a dampener on a fair first day of their final warm-up game in Colombo.
MARTIN McBRIDE rescued a deserved point for Cowdenbeath as they put a dampener on Berwick's championship flag presentation.
The dampener is an internally charged hydraulic assembly that mounts to the main rotor assembly of the Chinook helicopter.
Defending champion Thongchai Jaidee put a dampener on Thomas Bjorn's birthday celebrations in the second round of the Carlsberg Malaysian Open yesterday.
Henman supporters waited until late in the afternoon hoping he would get the chance to resume his match against Jim Courier, but grey clouds and persistent drizzle put a dampener on efforts to restart the match, with play abandoned on all courts at about 7pm.
THE boss at Scotmid has blamed the Scottish weather for putting a dampener on profits.