make/put a dent

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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

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“Make/put a dent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/make%2Fput%20a%20dent. Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

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