take the edge off

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of 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.

Word by Word Definitions

take play
  1. : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

  2. : to seize or capture physically

  3. : to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

edge play
  1. : the cutting side of a blade

  2. : the sharpness of a blade

  3. : force, effectiveness

  1. : to give an edge to

  2. : to be on an edge of

  3. : to move or force gradually

off play
  1. : from a place or position

  2. : at a distance in space or time

  3. : from a course : aside

  1. used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

  2. : to seaward of

  3. : from the possession or charge of

  1. : seaward

  2. : right

  3. : more removed or distant

  1. : to go away : depart

  2. : kill, murder

  1. : competition : contest


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