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put the damper 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 damper on something.") The foul weather really put the damper on our picnic yesterday. Without question, this tax scandal has put the damper 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 damper on CD sales just as quickly.
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put a damper 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. The foul weather really put a damper on our picnic yesterday. Without question, this tax scandal has put a damper on the senator's likelihood of being re-elected. The construction happening near our building has really put a damper on sales this month.
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put a damper on something

Fig. to have a dulling or numbing influence on something. The bad news really put a damper on everything. The rainy weather put a damper on our picnic.
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put a damper on

Discourage, dishearten, deter, as in Grandpa's death put a damper on our Christmas holidays. This idiom employs the noun damper in the sense of "something that damps or depresses the spirits," a usage dating from the mid-1700s.
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put a damper on something

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put a dampener on something

BRITISH
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 (or the) damper (or dampener) on

have a depressing, subduing, or inhibiting effect on someone or something.
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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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Steady state values from all measurements were used to create static characteristic of damper.
Caption: A cutaway view of the Tenneco DRiV digital damper.
Outdoor air flow rate is controlled primarily by the relief and coil path return dampers, and in the event that adequate outdoor air cannot be provided by manipulating these dampers (only in the event that that the relief air damper is fully open and the coil path return damper is fully closed), then the bypass damper can be incrementally closed to force more air out through the relief damper, causing more air to enter through the outdoor air inlet.
Each fire damper we inspect has the potential to save someone's life, and we take that very seriously.
The presented force characteristics are obtained through experimental identification of the dampers available in the market.
Push button damper adjustment allows room occupants to control airflow to match comfort needs.
The figures presented below shows that the dampers installed in pressure line have different effects on the pressure fluctuations along the pipeline.
The variable damper system operates in response to vibration data gathered by the system's acceleration sensors to keep the car body in optimum condition by controlling the damping force of individual dampers in real time.
Alsoit clearly depicts the travel velocity which is having very less deviation among the dampers as the tests were taken on individual set ups at different time which is shown in the velocity graph.
Skyhook damper control is a typical ride comfort control method.
M2 EQUITYBITES-March 11, 2016-Addtech Acquires Finnish Industrial Dampers Firm Sammet
To achieve its purpose, a conventional single-duct AHU with economizer operation and with high return air pressure drop (Taylor 2014a) normally consists of a cooling coil, a supply fan (SF), a return fan (RF), and a set of three dampers: an outdoor air damper (OAD), a recirculating air damper (RCD), and a relief air damper (RLD).
Herein, the damper may be either the conventional passive damper or the active and semiactive controllable dampers, which is generally characterized with [F.