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beside the cushion

Unimportant. A digression. Oh, that's beside the cushion. Let's get back to the main topic.
See also: beside, cushion

miss the cushion

To fail in some way. The phrase is similar in meaning and use to "miss the mark." I felt confident going into the interview, but I think I really missed the cushion, judging by the recruiter's facial expressions.
See also: cushion, miss

cushion the blow

To ease the pain or stress of something unpleasant. When my daughter had to get a shot at the doctor's office, I tried to cushion the blow by telling her we would go out for ice cream afterward.
See also: blow, cushion

cushion/soften the ˈblow

make something unpleasant seem less unpleasant and easier to accept: When he lost his job he was offered a cash payment to soften the blow.
See also: blow, cushion, soften
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Made from a flexible form of aerospace honeycomb, the lightweight Bariatric Cushion has two soft layers fused to the back of a bottom layer.
Your body weight is a big factor in determining which shoe is best for you; in general, the more you weigh, the more cushion your feet need to withstand the pavement pounding.
The company's hydraulic Cushion system is composed of a mechanical screw and a hydraulic cushion placed between the screw and the bearing box of the movable roll.