throw cold water on


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throw cold water on (something)

To temper excitement or enthusiasm for 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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pour/throw cold ˈwater on something

(informal) discourage or try to prevent a plan, etc. from being carried out; be unenthusiastic about something: I’ve had lots of ideas about how to improve sales but my manager pours cold water on all my suggestions.
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throw cold water on

To express misgivings about or disapproval of; discourage.
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