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cold water, to pour/throw

To discourage, to dampen pleasure or enthusiasm. The analogy dates back at least to Roman times, when Plautus used it (Aquam frigidam suffundunt, “They pour cold water on us”), and also appears in William Scarborough’s collection of Chinese proverbs (1875).
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WITHOUT wishing to pour cold water on the jubilation of the good citizens of the Ukraine upon the landslide presidential victory of a man who is a professional comedian, I believe they should send a delegation here to Wales, a benighted land that has been plundered for over 20 years by a circus who have applied the great Barnum's dictum "there's one born every minute" in spades to study how government by self interested mountebanks works.
Mwaura is not the first Jubilee politician to pour cold water on the partnership between the Uhuru and Raila.
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.
Children pour cold water on themselves under the control of fitness coach Margarita Filimonova (R) at local kindergarten number 317, with the air temperature at about minus 23 degrees Celsius (minus 9.4 degrees Fahrenheit), in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, February 5, 2013.
The only thing which could pour cold water on this alleged link-up is the fact that Ned's estranged wife Eliza apparently wants him back, which points to one sizzling love triangle.
- Ida Evans, Cardiff, South Wales IF you spill hot fat on the kitchen work surface or floor, pour cold water gently over it immediately.
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.
They hope to restart pumps desperately needed to pour cold water on overheating fuel rods and avert a catastrophic release of radiation.
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.
Sorry to pour cold water on your Pot Noodles, Jodie, but bosses have already set their sights on DANIELLE LLOYD.