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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

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 the effect(s) of (something)

To ease or lessen the pain, stress, or burden of something unpleasant. These stimulus checks aim to cushion the effect of the recession on the average citizen.
See also: cushion, of

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
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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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Best of all the Festo DSNU-PPS self-adjusting cylinders cost less than adjustable air cushioning versions and provide far superior cushioning performance than elastomer buffers.
And physicians should always emphasize that, though "stability shoe" sounds severe, this is the middle of the road choice, a well-rounded shoe with both cushioning and motion control features.
The ads, running in the Boston Globe, The New York Times and the Washington Post, tout Domain's home fashions and explain the benefit story of Reflex's state-of-the-art polyurethane cushioning products, which combine the comfort of down with the resiliency of today's technology.
"We have initiated this campaign because we want to raise consumer awareness," says Fred Natrin, marketing manager for Reflex Polymer Cushioning. "This product is a totally new kind of cushioning that doesn't sag, droop or go flat and far surpasses the cushioning that is currently available to the industry."
Investigations also included the effect on cushioning of introducing controlled centrally placed voids into 5-cm-thick samples of external dimensions 15 x 15 cm.
A cushioning material performs its fundemental role - reducing the forces created when one surface comes abruptly into contact with another - by compressing or deforming in such a way as to produce a gradual, rather than instantaneous, change in velocity.
Foam is the most widely used cushioning material and provides good stability and pressure relief for many individuals.
Compare arch support, tread width, firmness and gel cushioning among several model shoes.
New elasticized webbing materials used as spring media and medium density polyurethane foams used as damping or cushioning materials will alleviate this problem.
Running in a shoe that no longer provides traction, support and cushioning can lead to a number of musculoskeletal complaints and injuries, among them heel pain, shin splints and stress fractures.
A running shoe should provide excellent heel cushioning and shock absorption, a flexible forefoot and a distinct Achilles notch.