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put a dampener on (something)

To discourage, inhibit, or deter something; to make something less enjoyable, pleasant, or fun; to have a subduing or deadening effect on something. (A variant of "put a damper on something.") The foul weather really put a dampener on our picnic yesterday. Without question, this tax scandal has put a dampener on the senator's likelihood of being re-elected. CDs quickly became the dominant format for music, but when digital formats arrived soon thereafter, it put a dampener on CD sales just as quickly.
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put the dampener on (something)

To discourage or deter something; to make something less enjoyable, pleasant, or fun; to extinguish or lessen people's enthusiasm for something. (A less common variant of "put a dampener on something.") The foul weather really put the dampener on our picnic yesterday. Without question, this tax scandal has put the dampener on the senator's likelihood of being re-elected. CDs quickly became the dominant format for music, but when digital formats arrived soon thereafter, it put the dampener on CD sales just as quickly.
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put a damper on something

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put a dampener on something

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COMMON If someone or something puts a damper on a situation, they stop it being as successful or as enjoyable as it could be. Unseasonably cool weather has put a damper on many plans for the day. Rooney's injury put a dampener on a fine victory for his team on Saturday. Note: This expression may refer to either of two meanings of `damper'. In a piano, a damper is a device which presses the strings and stops their sound. In a chimney, a damper is a movable metal plate which controls the amount of air getting to the fire, and so controls how fiercely the fire burns.
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put a ˈdamper on something

(also put a ˈdampener on something) (informal) make an event, etc. less enjoyable or cheerful: The news of my father’s illness put a bit of a damper on the birthday celebrations.
A damper is a device in a piano that is used to reduce the level of the sound produced.
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put a damper on something

tv. to reduce the intensity of something, such as a problem. The death of the chief put a damper on the ceremony.
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The price dampener measure, PIPPA stressed, will not cause inconvenience and confusion to consumers and will similarly systematize market regulation because such will not require added billing adjustments to the customers' billings.
The Department of Finance in Canada instituted several changes in rules related to government backed insured mortgages, which appear to have put a dampener on the home sales mortgage market in the country
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DEAN LEWINGTON suffered a horrific head injury which put a dampener on this stalemate.
THE wet weather did not put a dampener on a celebratory barbecue.
Instead of influencing how hard the exams are, all the critics are doing is putting a dampener on the great grades that have been achieved after a huge amount of hard work by both students and teachers.
It hasn't put a dampener on the festival, which attracted record crowds.
It is probably more technically correct to call it a harmonic dampener and they're normally seen on benchrest rifles and some of the highly tricked out .
While Herman predicted the only cloud that might put a dampener on the next round of reports could be the re-sale sector--"People want new product," she said--Liebman summed it up when she told the audience, "People should buy now because buying makes sense.
NOT wishing to put a dampener on things but I will be happier when we start putting in the same sort of performances against Chelsea, Arsenal and United that we have seen against the lesser lights of the Premiership.
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