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 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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