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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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Cushioned shoes, which are made from the most flexible material, offer no stabilizing devices and are therefore made for light, efficient runners with no history of injury.
The most cushioned shoes have not been shown to decrease impact forces or injuries," he notes.
Though many varieties of the running shoe defy broad categorization, for purposes of overview, the three major classes of running shoes are cushioned, stability and motion control shoes.
Set up your very own cushioned racetrack using Bubble Wrap(R) cushioning so your children can have a popping good time while riding their tricycles.
Compression force and dose level were highly similar between the cushioned and non-cushioned parts of the exam.
This runner will need a shoe with a softer midfoot and one that is more cushioned.
Fans will enjoy some extra comfort at Sunday's game after 65,000 GM cushioned seat covers are installed.
Feedback from retailers has also been positive, with REFLEX cushioned sales floor products looking better longer after people have sat on them numerous times.
The two treadmills feature Life Fitness' patented FlexDeck shock absorption system, a superior cushioned running surface with added shock absorbency.