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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 Unfortunately, that outdated kitchen detracts from the overall value of your house.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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"Had we continued to play on the Thursday and counted those scores, that would have detracted from it."
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Also, Bann's heavily-theoretical attention to minutiae often detracts from these intriguing details, as when he discusses the ideological import of orthographical changes to the Bargrave name, and the etymology of the family's country home ("Bifrons"), or his labored reading of the inscription on a family monument that the younger Bargrave placed in the parish church of Patrixbourne.
Her art defies description because the analysis of it detracts from its naturalness.
None of this detracts from their heroic acts during the Texas Revolution.
As is all too often the case, the carrot of interactivity here presages the visitor's childish but irresistible feeling of disappointment at the obvious limitations of the spectacle implied that detracts from any original or productive inquiry the work purports to embody.
While his position against binarism holds merit, the chapter chirps along so glibly at times that it detracts from the point (see 99).
The ungenerous format of the book also detracts from the pleasure of reading it.