put a damper on

Definition of put a damper on

  1. :  to make (something) less strong, active, or exciting His bad mood put a damper on the celebration. He was putting a bit of a damper on her spirits.

Word by Word Definitions

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

    :  to move in a specified direction

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

  1. :  a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

    :  the act or an instance of putting the shot

    :  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

  1. :  a dulling or deadening influence

    :  a device that damps: such as

    :  a valve or plate (as in the flue of a furnace) for regulating the draft

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to cast off or become cast off

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