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deaden (something) with (something)

To induce numbness, as with an anesthetic agent. They deadened my gums with some sort of gel before the procedure.
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deaden something with something

to dull or anesthetize pain with something. The doctor deadened the area with an injection before she began to stitch. I will deaden the pain with a local anesthetic.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Moreover, he says, the procedure can be repeated if the deadened nerve ever regenerates and the headaches return.
He said: "It deadened the pain and I was able to bat without discomfort."
Then one Sunday morning at a coffee shop in the heart of Chicago's Boystown, I read Andrew Sullivan's November 10, 1996, New York Times Magazine cover story, "When Plagues End." He described friends who months before had been "hobbling along, their cheekbones poking out of their skin, their eyes deadened and looking down." Upon taking these new drugs, they "were suddenly restored into some strange spectacle of health, gazing around as amazed as I was to see them alive."
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Thermal reclamation uses heat to bum off any organic matter attached to the sand grains and depends on a scrubber to knock off deadened clay and fines.
The key was to isolate the chemical in snail poison that deadens pain but otherwise leaves the nervous system unharmed.
The totalitarian states have shown that it can be manipulated or deadened. CS Lewis in Surprised by Joy refers to the `false conscience', which he compares to St Paul's idea of the law.
Unfortunately, the stiff-upper-lip attitude that propelled him to achieve career goals deadens his writing style.
You can charge and chamber a round five times before you risk a deadened round that won't fire.
Matt has not had his brain deadened; he is a favorite of El Patron, reminding him of his lost youth, though the man's nasty, conspiring family hates Matt, considering him 'livestock.'....
Walking to a press briefing along Whitehall that morning was a delightful experience, the noise of the traffic deadened by the snow and the dark statues of various war leaders given a candy coating of white along their prominent features.
However, there is an underlying earnestness to Common Ground that deadens its impact.
Bob Zuppke: Egotism is the anesthetic that deadens the pain of stupidity.
Optimism and hope become choked and deadened Buried beneath the dust and ash Of intolerance and hatred.
A deadened sound ("thud") may indicate the presence of a crack.