temper with

temper something with something

1. Fig. to harden something, such as metal, with something. You have to temper the metal pieces with very high heat. The sheet of metal was tempered by the application of great pressure.
2. Fig. to soften the impact of something, such as news, with something. We can temper this disaster story a bit with a picture of the happy survivors. The news story was tempered with a paragraph of explanation and justification.
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In the past two-and-a-half years that we've been together, I have lost my temper with him on just three occasions, but he sees red over nothing and it is becoming unbearable for me.
In the two-and-a-half years we've been together I've lost my temper with him three times but he sees red over anything.
SO SOMEONE trying to make some money from selling his book tells us Gordon Brown, pictured, loses his temper with some of his staff.
Graffiti artist Temper with one of his paintings suspended from the Rubens ceiling at Whitehall
Liverpool crown court heard James Campbell, described as bad tempered and foul-mouthed, had lost his temper with the little boy.