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 In New York, that was another era, thanks to universal pre-K for 4-year-olds — a tremendous offering that helps take the edge off child-care expenses, and ensure that more kids are ready for school. New York Daily News Editorial Board, New York Daily News, 18 May 2024 Thanks to the eastern outlook, the ocean-side rooms offer access to the most spectacular sunrises, which take the edge off any jet lag. Harriet Marsden, The Week Uk, theweek, 26 Feb. 2024 Here's How to Style Them MK: But people do want to have that little celebratory glass of wine or champagne, some people need to take the edge off, it shouldn’t be taken away entirely. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 Mar. 2023 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

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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 23 Jul. 2024.

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