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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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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.
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.
Layer crushing and sectional bulging tended to suggest that air flow through the open cell structure influenced the deformation mechanism and therefore had some bearing on cushioning performance.
Materials of this type are used in applications requiring a combination of cushioning and resilience, such as shoe inserts, gaskets and constant-load contact switches.
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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.
Bubble Wrap(R) cushioning was originally intended to be a type of textured wallpaper, but the inventors quickly realized that it was in fact a superior packaging material.
Today, Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE:SEE), the inventor of Bubble Wrap(R) cushioning, announced the celebration of the 5th Annual Bubble Wrap(R) Appreciation Day, a national holiday for bubble-popping aficionados everywhere.
Customers will benefit from the design's improved wafer cushioning, analytical testing capability and overall freight cost reductions.
FP International is a leading manufacturer and provider of protective packaging products and packaging systems, including air cushions, polyethylene foam and bubble, loosefill made of recycled polystyrene and cornstarch and Kraft paper cushioning.
By cushioning the compression plates, MammoPad makes the procedure significantly more comfortable for most women.
The MammoPad breast cushion -- a single-use, adhesive-backed foam pad -- adds to women's comfort by covering and cushioning the surfaces of the mammography device.
the world's leading producer of cushioning for bedding, furniture, carpet, and automotive markets.