water down

verb
Updated on: 19 May 2018

Definition of water down

: to reduce or temper the force or effectiveness of
  • watered down the plan

watered-down

play \ˈwȯ-tərd-ˈdau̇n, ˈwä-\ adjective

Examples of water down in a Sentence

  1. watered down the cocktails while jacking up their prices

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First Known Use of water down

1811

in the meaning defined above

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