take the edge off


: to make (something) weaker or less severe
a medication that takes the edge off the pain
A glass of milk will take the edge off your hunger/appetite.

Examples of take the edge off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While grabbing a boozy beverage can help take the edge off, make sure to pace yourself. Kelsey Mulvey, Sunset Magazine, 7 May 2024 Fly fishing, tubing, rafting, and kayaking will get you out on the Toccoa River, and a selection of nearby breweries and wineries take the edge off an otherwise warm day. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 24 Mar. 2024 Alcohol doesn’t take the edge off; alcohol is the edge. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Jan. 2024 An appointment at a luxury department store can take the edge off. Lucy Alexander, Robb Report, 17 Dec. 2023 Enter: scrolling TikTok for hours, binging reruns of a comfort show, or reaching for some vice or another to take the edge off. Anna Borges, SELF, 21 Dec. 2023 So many of us tried to find things to take the edge off. Thembi Banks, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2023 The trucking company’s failure helped take the edge off the quarter for the division, which saw operating income decline 26% during the quarter. Samantha Delouya, CNN, 20 Sep. 2023 Find your balance and take the edge off with Joy Organics CBD Gummies. 28. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 17 June 2023

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“Take the edge off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20the%20edge%20off. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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