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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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Bob Zuppke: Egotism is the anesthetic that deadens the pain of stupidity.
Unfortunately, the stiff-upper-lip attitude that propelled him to achieve career goals deadens his writing style.
In addition, the center makes use of "white noise," an almost imperceptible aural tone that deadens extraneous sounds such as conversations in adjoining cubes and exterior noise.
I think that the holiday approach deadens kids to the topic,'' she said, noting she emphasizes King's international influences.
His study concluded that listening to any music deadens drivers' reactions, as their heart rates fluctuated less when listening to pieces of any kind.
But that also deadens voices, forcing young opera singers to struggle to be heard well.