put a dampener on

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of put a dampener on

British
:to make (something) less strong, active, or exciting
  • His bad mood put a dampener on the celebration.

Word by Word Definitions

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

dampen play dampener
  1. : to check or diminish the activity or vigor of : deaden

  2. : to make damp

  3. : damp


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