Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

beside the cushion

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

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

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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
You can paint a room any colour you like but it's the furniture, the rugs, the artwork, the cushions which make it YOUR home.
PS19.95, SASS & BELLE GOOD VIBES CUSHION COVER: You can never have too many cushions and this quirky patchwork cover is a necessity.
[ClickPress, Thu Feb 28 2019] Cushion Case Liner Market: Introduction and Need of the Product Cushion case liner is a protective packaging product used to protect fruits, vegetables, food, and other consumer products and equipment from bruising or any other physical damage.
M2 EQUITYBITES-February 19, 2019--Lifeworks Technology Group recalls 12V heated seat cushions, USB powered heated seat cushions and 12V heated blankets
Personalised green faux fur trim cushion by Love Abode,,PS26
After AmorePacific developed the world's first cushion compact named IOPE Air Cushion in 2008, it has been regarded as a symbol of K-beauty.
Magic Cushion SPF50+/PA was the third best-selling product in the foundation category in March 2018.
Matalan is recalling hundreds of cushions due to fears their fillings could catch fire.
Moreover, most of the previous studies have focused on the settlement and bearing capacity of foundation [1, 6, 9, 12, 15, 25], while little attention has been paid to the stress diffusion angle of reinforced cushion. In practical, due to presence of geobelt, the overall rigidity and stress diffusion capacity of the reinforced cushion can be greatly improved even for thin cushions.
Antique oval mirror, PS89, Luxe Collection Savannah 3-seater fabric sofa, PS899, eastern floral cushion, PS19, sparkle stripe cushion, PS19, Emperor classic cushion, PS15, Jarre AeroBull bluetooth speaker, PS1,199, Lucia rug, from PS79.
Various cushion schemes of hydraulic cylinder prove to be available to weaken the influence of hydraulic shock.
Christmas French bulldog cushion, PS22,
LIVING ROOM BEDROOM Photographic Duvet Set from PS9.99, Photo Print Cushions PS3.99, Heated Throw PS29.99, Twig Lights PS9.99 all from Aldi Left: Red check cushion, PS7 from Primark Below: Red and navy tartan supersoft throw, PS5 from Primark