make/put a dent

Definition of make/put a dent

  1. :  to decrease something slightly or to make something somewhat weaker We tried our best to fix the problem, but nothing we did seems to have made a dent. —often + in It's going to take more than a new law to make a dent in the city's drug crime. a vacation that won't put too big a dent in your wallet

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  behave, act

    :  to begin or seem to begin (an action)

    :  to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. :  the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

    :  brand

    :  the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

  1. :  to place in a specified position or relationship :  lay

    :  to move in a specified direction

    :  to send (as a weapon or missile) into or through something :  thrust

  1. :  a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

    :  the act or an instance of putting the shot

    :  an option to sell a specified amount of a security (as a stock) or commodity (as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. :  being in place :  fixed, set

  1. :  to make a dent in

    :  to have a weakening effect on

    :  to form a dent by sinking inward :  become dented

  1. :  a depression or hollow made by a blow or by pressure

    :  an appreciable impression or effect often made against resistance

    :  a weakening or lessening effect

  1. :  tooth

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to criticize severely

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