dull the edge of (something)

(redirected from dulls the edge of)

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.
See also: dull, edge, of

dull the edge of

make less sensitive, interesting, or effective.
The image here is of making a knife's edge blunt.
See also: dull, edge, of
References in periodicals archive ?
NEITHER a borrower nor a lender be FOR loan oft loses both itself or friend AND borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry THUS, above all, to thine own self be true AND it must follow, as the night follows day THOU canst not then be false to any man.
'Neither a borrower nor a lender be / For loan oft loses both itself and friend / And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry / This above all: to thine ownself be true / And it must follow, as the night the day / Thou canst not then be false to any man.'
| DO REMEMBER the advice offered by Polonius to his son, setting off to university in Shakespeare's Hamlet: "Neither a borrower nor a lender be; for loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
Neither a borrower nor a lender be; for loan doth oft lose both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
For example in "Learned Helplessness" Ozoemene writes "In our patriarchal society across social class religion or colour / Traditional belief holds that husbands own their wives (lock stock and / barrel)." Adding the thesis-like explanation dulls the edge of the poem.
It also diminishes the allure of the World Series and dulls the edge of competition between the two leagues."
Twenty-seven years later Russell would paint a major oil, When Law Dulls the Edge of Chance (1915) (Fig.
Russell's other major paintings featuring Mounted Policemen--Whiskey Smugglers Caught with the Goods, The Queen's War Hounds, and When Law Dulls the Edge of Chance--presented them in a similarly heroic light.
George Lane bought the other two, The Queen's War Hounds and When Law Dulls the Edge of Chance.
The other oil, When Law Dulls the Edge of Chance, was given to him personally by the citizens of High River in honour of his decision to purchase a ranch--the EP [Edward, Prince] Ranch--next to George Lane's Bar U.
Then today's children could learn from the first act of Hamlet: ``Neither a borrower, nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.''
It's too bad, though, that Mazursky dulls the edge of comedy with his usual soft soap.