throw cold water on (something)(redirected from they threw cold water)
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.
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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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