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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.
See also: damper, on, put

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.
See also: damper, on, put
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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.
The Department of Finance in Canada instituted several changes in rules related to government backed insured mortgages, which appear to have put a dampener on the home sales mortgage market in the country
Summary: Uncertainty caused by the general election put a dampener on the housing market during May with prices edging ahead by just 0.
NWAS Director of Emergency Services, Derek Cartwright said: "We are not trying to put a dampener on the festive season.
WHILE defeat to Australia may have put a dampener on things, Jonathan Davies insists he has thoroughly enjoyed his first autumn campaign with Wales.
While Herman predicted the only cloud that might put a dampener on the next round of reports could be the re-sale sector--"People want new product," she said--Liebman summed it up when she told the audience, "People should buy now because buying makes sense.
NOT wishing to put a dampener on things but I will be happier when we start putting in the same sort of performances against Chelsea, Arsenal and United that we have seen against the lesser lights of the Premiership.
Not even a 2-1 defeat by Dunfermline could put a dampener on things for the Celtic fans, who partied throughout the night.
GLANTRAETH put a dampener on Queens Park's first outing at their Queensway Sports Centre.
Rain put a dampener on the Wimbledon action last night when play was washed out for the first time in this year's tournament.