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put the damper 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 damper on something.") The foul weather really put the damper on our picnic yesterday. Without question, this tax scandal has put the damper 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 damper 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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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.
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With remotely operated dampers, access and adjustments are easy and time efficient.
Having the aim to investigate the stress-strain state of the slide-gate type fire dampers blades under the effect of blast wave the geometrical models of the blades of 0,3 x 0,3 [m.
Provides permanent access to service areas behind drywall ceilings/walls (ductwork air damper controls, electrical junction boxes, plumbing, telephone systems, sprinkler systems, etc.
During the testing, both types of dampers were set at 100% open in the beginning, and then gradually closed by 10% of their operating range until they reached the preset minimum stop position.
Furthermore, the mixing process can change significantly as the position of the dampers changes with economizer operation.
The article presents the use of an optical measurement method for the purpose of analysis of leak-tightness of a damper and the concepts of a model surface intended to reduce the measurement uncertainty.
Extreme cold weather also has a negative effect on the steering dampers.
Fludicon's ERF-based controllable dampers offer a range of advantages over dampers controlled by electro-mechanical valves.
Global Characteristics of Dampers, Damping Elements and Other Mechanical Systems, In: Proceedings of the 14th International DAAAM Symposium Intelligent Manufacturing and Automation, Katalinic, B.
In this second edition, coverage has been expanded to include greater coverage of the variety of damper types found historically, recent developments in magnetorheological dampers, and damper valve design.
The dampers are desirable for off-road, marine, agricultural, lawn and turf, or any engine-driven application where a cost-effective torsional damping and vibration reduction solution is needed.
To reduce crosswind leg vibrations, compact spring-assisted pendulum Tuned Mass Dampers inside each leg boost leg damping from 0.
These devices are frequently of the type designated herein as "blade-to-ground" dampers.