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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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A lightweight revolver like the Ruger LCR, with its conspicuously easy double action trigger and a cushiony soft grip out of the box, can make a lot of sense here.
Now we must give them safety tips in case of an earthquake like holding school bags or anything cushiony over their heads and take cover under the table.
These colorful, self-adhesive, cushiony and water resistant sports wraps are perfect for all sports related injuries.
But cushiony top also means that devouts using this mat would never get zabiha (raisin in Arabic), a forehead mark caused by friction when the forehead comes in contact with a regular mat.
They were not doing it just for themselves, as many were college educated and could have easily taken cushiony jobs and kept their mouths shut.
A standard hospital mattress, with six or more inches of foam, is pliable and cushiony.
The super cushiony shoe provides one with a feeling of walking on a sandy beach.
In the bathroom I squat on Alice's child-size toilet, the type found in preschools and day care centers, yank at the cushiony roll of toilet paper.
FACT: While arthritis is more common as you age, thanks to the impact of time on the cushiony cartilage that prevents joints and bone from rubbing against one another, age itself doesn't cause arthritis.
The cushiony soft palate is lifted, creating a full, rich sound.
The quality of life one can obtain in Bahrain is extremely high especially compared to Europe, and it's hard to leave such a cushiony atmosphere.
Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, occurs when the cushiony cartilage between two bones wear out and the bones begin to rub against each other in the joint (the area where two bones come together).
The penthouse tenants' lounge picks up the gold plating in the lobby but adds some red touches, cushiony seating, a fireplace and a breakfast area that will serve a complimentary morning meal daily.
I'll ask, as I lay in my comfortable cotton trough, separated from the outside world by cushiony, double-stitched walls.
Lovely cushiony breasts have been demoted to Just friends: Brooks, above David Cameron.