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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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As the plane descended, Chavannes noted that the billowy clouds appeared to be cushioning the plane.
We are encouraging all of our manufacturers to use Reflex Polymer Cushioning," George says.
Dynamic performance curves for 5-cm-thick non-voided foam samples (by changing area) and voided specimens indicated that the introduction of square voids significantly improved cushioning ability at higher static loads [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 6 OMITTED].
Perhaps the most direct method for selecting an impact-cushioning material is the use of cushioning efficiency curves, or J-curves (see figure 1).
Third Place Winner: Alex Chalcraft, 13, Gilbert, Arizona - "The Easy Check Chore Chart" - Chore chart that embodies the fun of popping Bubble Wrap([R]) cushioning while engaging children to stay focused and complete their daily chores.
Megan Guerrero, 13, San Angelo, Texas - "The Empire State Building: A Three-Dimensional Construction Project" - Three-dimensional puzzle that uses custom-cut pieces of Bubble Wrap([R]) cushioning to build a 2.
Sealed Air is a leading global manufacturer of a wide range of food and protective packaging materials and systems including such widely recognized brands as Bubble Wrap(R) cushioning, Jiffy(R) protective mailers and Cryovac(R) food packaging products.
These control pronation with stability and very little cushioning.
Today you can find several different types of Bubble Wrap(R) cushioning, each designed to help meet the needs of a particular packaging application," said Rohn E.
We are proud of our innovative history developing this superior cushioning product," stated William V.
the world's leading producer of cushioning for bedding, furniture, carpet, and automotive markets.
NASDAQ: FMXI), the leading manufacturer of flexible polyurethane and advanced polymer foam products in North America, reported that year-to-date 2001 sales for its new Reflex HR(TM) furniture cushioning have exceeded forecasts and expectations.
Pete Wallace, Executive Vice President, Foam Products East, commented, "Adding VPF capability to our production capacity in the east will particularly benefit our furniture and bedding customers in that region by increasing their access to just-in-time delivery of the broadest array of value-added cushioning products in the industry.
The company needed a packaging system that provided cushioning while retaining the "ease of use" benefits required for its toner cartridge return program.
Foamex uses the VPF(SM) technology primarily to produce a variety of high-performance cushioning foams for the bedding, furniture, carpet cushion and automotive industries.