take the edge off (something)

take the edge off (something)

To make something less intense, severe, or unpleasant. We won't be having lunch for another hour, but if you're hungry now, I've got some snacks to take the edge off. We can give you some medication to help take the edge off the pain.
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take the edge off

 ((of) something)
1. Lit. to dull a blade. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Cutting hard stuff like that will take the edge off your knife blade.
2. Fig. to decrease the effect of something; to make something less blunt, critical, etc. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) He did not mean to insult the guest, and he quickly thought of something to say that would take the edge off his remark. Her comments were quite cruel, and nothing could be said to take the edge off of them.
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take the edge off

Ease or assuage, make less severe, as in That snack took the edge off our hunger, or Her kind manner took the edge off her refusal. This term alludes to blunting the edge of a cutting instrument. Shakespeare used it figuratively in The Tempest (4:1): "To take away the edge of that day's celebration." The precise wording of the idiom dates from the first half of the 1900s.
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take the edge off something

COMMON If something takes the edge off a feeling or situation, especially an unpleasant one, it weakens its effect or unpleasantness. My head never seemed to clear completely, and the painkillers only took the edge off the pain. We had an informal chat before the interview and that took the edge off my nerves. Note: If something takes the edge off a blade, it makes it blunt.
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take the edge off something

reduce the intensity or effect of something, especially something unpleasant or severe.
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take the ˈedge off something

make something less strong, unpleasant, etc: He tried to take the edge off the bad news by promising to help them in their difficulties.I had an apple before lunch, which took the edge off my appetite.
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