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throw cold water on (something)

To temper the excitement or enthusiasm someone feels about something. After I passed the final exam, my teacher promptly threw cold water on my excitement by reminding me that I still have to go to summer school.
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throw cold water on

To express misgivings about or disapproval of; discourage.
See also: cold, on, throw, water
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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).
See also: cold, pour, throw, to
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