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pour cold water on (something)

To discourage or deter someone from doing something; to make something seem less appealing or reduce someone's enthusiasm for something. News of unrest in the area really poured cold water on our plans to vacation there. Slashing your employees' benefits is a great way to throw cold water on their plans to stick with your company.
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pour cold water on something

 
1. Lit. to douse something with cold water. Pour cold water on the vegetables to freshen them. I poured cold water on my head to cool myself off.
2. and dash cold water on something; throw cold water on something Fig. to discourage doing something; to reduce enthusiasm for something. (Alludes to cooling passion with cold water.) When my father said I couldn't have the car, he poured cold water on my plans. John threw cold water on the whole project by refusing to participate.
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pour cold water on

Also, throw cold water on. Discourage or deter, as in Cutting my year-end bonus poured cold water on my loyalty to the company, or Hearing about the outbreak of cholera threw cold water on our plans to visit Bolivia. This term, with its image of putting out a fire with water, at one time meant "defame" or "slander"; the modern meaning dates from about 1800.
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pour cold water on something

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throw cold water on something

COMMON If someone pours cold water on someone else's idea or plan or throws cold water on it, they criticize it and express no enthusiasm for it. Rachel found it frustrating when he poured cold water on one of her ideas. Mr Powell said that neither France nor Germany had thrown cold water on his proposal.
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pour (or throw) cold water on

be discouraging or negative about a plan or suggestion.
1998 New Scientist When I put it to…the health minister, that perhaps all clinical trial results should be published, she threw cold water on the idea.
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pour/throw cold ˈwater on something

(informal) discourage or try to prevent a plan, etc. from being carried out; be unenthusiastic about something: I’ve had lots of ideas about how to improve sales but my manager pours cold water on all my suggestions.
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pour cold water on something

tv. to put an end to something; to dampen something. I wanted to go to the party, but my brother poured cold water on that by taking the car.
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Not one, normally, to pour cold water on joyous celebrations, but it's worth pointing out that Labour lost and got only 4 more seats than Gordon Brown's 2010 disaster, despite the left-leaning Lib Dems being pretty well out of the picture this time.
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James Barclay, home insurance underwriting manager for AXA, said: "We don't want to pour cold water on everybody's fun, but people need to be aware of the risks before their holiday or party turns into an expensive claim.
I HATE to pour cold water on Tony Morris's efforts to animate the people of Newmarket at this time of year (February 23), but sadly this story isn't quite as incendiary as his article might suggest.
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In an interview with veteran broadcaster Jeremy Paxman, Mr Cameron appeared to pour cold water on any such plan.
The surprise move - taking efforts to boost the money supply to pounds 175bn - appeared to pour cold water on rising hopes that the UK will bounce back quickly from recession.
PLANS for a Europe-wide banking regulator will be discussed in Brussels today, but Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling appeared to pour cold water on the idea.
Warren Bradley has laid out his plans whilst Labour pour cold water on just about everything.
IT takes more than a damp British summer to pour cold water on Fernando Torres's plans for a barbie.
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We would certainly pour cold water on any ideas about a repeat performance.
Even the withdrawal of Nigel Quashie with an ankle injury failed to pour cold water on McLeish's optimism when the national team revealed a special deal yesterday.