throw cold water on


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throw cold water on something

also pour cold water on something
to criticize or stop something that some people are enthusiastic about The proposal seemed reasonable enough, but authorities quickly threw cold water on it.
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throw cold water on

To express misgivings about or disapproval of; discourage.
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