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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