put a crimp in

put a crimp in

To disrupt or interfere with something. That rain last week sure put a crimp in our beach vacation.
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put a crimp in

have an adverse effect on. informal
1990 Walter Stewart Right Church, Wrong Pew Well, that maybe puts a crimp in my theory.
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put a ˈcrimp in/on something

(American English, informal) have a bad or negative effect on something: I’m sorry to put a crimp in your plans.The extra expense of moving can put a crimp on your budget.
See also: crimp, on, put, something
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The state's budget deficit could put a crimp in government projects, though, the board said.
The Democrats' midterm pasting has put a crimp in the presidential plans of the party's "six pack": Al Gore, John Kerry, Joe Lieberman, John Edwards, Howard Dean, and Richard Gephardt.
A vote in Congress to proceed with impeachment hearings could put a crimp in sentiment, but Cherney believes this would probably represent only a temporary setback for the blue chips.
Unless San Diego is able to move him, that could put a crimp in efforts to re-sign such key figures as Kevin Brown, Ken Caminiti, Steve Finley and Wally Joyner.