make/put a dent

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of make/put a dent

: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

make play
  1. : behave, act

  2. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

  3. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

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

  2. : brand

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

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

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

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

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

dent play
  1. : to make a dent in

  2. : to have a weakening effect on

  3. : to form a dent by sinking inward : become dented

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

  2. : an appreciable impression or effect often made against resistance

  1. : tooth

  1. : tooth : teeth


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