dull the edge of (something)

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dull the edge of (something)

To lessen some aspect of something, often so that it is less severe or effective. Likened to dulling the edge of a blade. Unfortunately, there is little we can do to dull the edge of such an emotional issue.
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dull the edge of

make less sensitive, interesting, or effective.
The image here is of making a knife's edge blunt.
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"Eighty years had inevitably dulled the edge of a once sharp measure.
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His goal is to present the work as a philosophical treatise, believing that the attention given to Emerson as a literary writer has dulled the edge of his ideas for many modern readers.
The neighsayers have questioned the motives of the pop stars who will appear at tomorrow's concert and they've questioned the validity of a public protest that - because of its sheer popularity - has dulled the edge of the real complaints they feel need to be made about the long-term, and continuing, exploitation of Africa's resources and people.
All those medals and trophies might have dulled the edge of a veteran with an eye on one last pay-day at the piggy bank known as the Premier League.