put a dampener on

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Definition of put a dampener on

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

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“Put a dampener on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put%20a%20dampener%20on. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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