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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 Unfortunately, that outdated kitchen detracts from the overall value of your house.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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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

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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Reichheld identified the difference between the percentage of brand promoters and the percentage of brand detractors as a strong predictor of long-term company success.
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In the eyes of their more hardcore detractors, they must be held like ordinary citizens, denied of any facilities that would make them in any way more privileged than other inmates or undertrials.
Recently, during the Chief Justice's visit to the UK to raise money for dams (a sentence that would have been quite the non-sequitur in another lifetime) he was asked, politely, about what he would say to his detractors about being flanked by the members of the ruling party.
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She reiterated that her father was declared ineligible to hold public office for holding an 'iqama' (work/resident permit) for the detractors could not find a single evidence of corruption against him or his family.
He reminded us that, "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." If there ever was a time to show patriotism, by vigorously supporting our country and its values and being prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors, it's now.
Mazari took to the Twitter and termed the report 'ridiculous' and 'pathetic', saying Imran's 'detractors' were fake stories about his marriage after the Supreme Court of Pakistan gave the party leader a clean chit in the disqualification case last year.
The study's authors segmented the surveyed millionaire (human) advisory clients into three groups: "Promoters," who are described as "loyal enthusiasts who keep buying from a company and urge their friends to do the same" and comprise 55% of the participants; "Passives," who "are satisfied but unenthusiastic clients who can be easily wooed by the competition" and comprise 25%; and "Detractors," who "are unhappy clients, with high rates of churn and defection" and make up the remaining 20%.
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