put a damper on
Definition of put a damper on
: 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
: to place in a specified position or relationship : lay
: to move in a specified direction
: to send (as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust
: 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 (as a stock) or commodity (as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d
: being in place : fixed, set
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