put a damper on

idiom

: 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.

Examples of put a damper on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The weather forecast for next week could put a damper on the repair work in San Clemente. Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2024 Hurricane season, though, can put a damper on an off-season visit — storms are most common in the Keys in August, September, and October. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, 29 Aug. 2023 That’s put a damper on American Legion programs and other types of widely affordable community ball at neighborhood sandlots. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, 3 Feb. 2024 The experiment didn’t get too far; the emergence of King Cotton put a damper on tea, rice, indigo and other crops. Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 But slow economic growth in China and globally, combined with rising interest rates, put a damper on both. Yusuf Khan, WSJ, 28 Dec. 2023 Higher interest rates put in place to stave off inflation also put a damper on private investment across all industries. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 17 Jan. 2024 Higher interest rates have put a damper on the market. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Jan. 2024 However, there is one thing that can put a damper on your holiday cheer: driving at night with astigmatism. Kaitlin Vogel, Health, 21 Dec. 2023 See More

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“Put a damper on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put%20a%20damper%20on. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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