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detract from (someone or something)

To impact someone or something negatively; to diminish someone or something. Unfortunately, that outdated kitchen detracts from the overall value of your house. His lies detracted from his otherwise stellar record as a senator.
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detract from someone or something

to lessen or diminish someone or something. The large pieces of furniture detracted from the lovely design in the carpet. Alice's quiet demeanor did not detract from her grace and beauty.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

detract from

v.
To reduce a quality, importance, or some other value; diminish something: The dent on the side of the car detracts from its overall value. The politician's uneven voting record detracted from his chances of winning the election.
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He was a trifle above the middle size, and apparently rather weak in the legs; but this circumstance by no means detracted from his own admiration of his top-boots, which he contemplated, in their elevated situation, with lively satisfaction.
There were also present, a couple of water-side men, bearing between them certain machines called drags; even these fellows were accommodated with a stiff glass a-piece; and as they drank with a great relish, and were naturally of a red-nosed, pimple-faced, convivial look, their presence rather increased than detracted from that decided appearance of comfort, which was the great characteristic of the party.
In the decision, Park planner Vivien Emergy said the hall was a single storey, dilapidated building and the site was now overgrown and detracted from the amenity of the area.
will are not from real where "Our new policy will mean crews are not detracted from real emergencies where lives could be at risk."
As a proud West-Walian (and I'm sure I speak for most of your Celtic/non-English readers), I find the English connotations of the story's title slightly offensive and it detracted from my enjoyment of an otherwise stimulating piece about the undeniable beauty of our nation.
I understand the context of the articles and the desire to debunk the "myth of the perfect body." Sadly, this image did not support the magazine's content--it detracted from it.
Deputy Minister of Justice and former Saskatchewan Justice, stated that "A revolving door in senior leadership positions, major shifts in practice, functions, and processes, and significant funding cuts have created a climate of instability and confusion that has only detracted from the Ministry of Children and Families work on behalf of children."
The high profile of the chief constable has detracted from other achievements of the North Wales force.
However, the inclusion of materials from other books and memoirs detracted from the authenticity of Strangers and Kin and was not as effective as drawing directly from case records.
"Had we continued to play on the Thursday and counted those scores, that would have detracted from it."
Bishop Harvey stressed that he had nothing against technology, but that the electronic vote had detracted from the value of the council coming together to elect an archbishop and from a sense that the vote was truly democratic and secret.
These additional operations added costs, detracted from acceptable surface appearances, hindered ship dates and decreased customer satisfaction.
Critics claimed that awarding so many honors detracted from the value of a Harvard degree.
Over the years, the building lobby had undergone several changes that detracted from its original style, he notes.
"The weather was beautiful, but I don't think inclement weather could have detracted from the spectacular view across the river."