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[1950s+; fr Spanish]


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  • Put a damper on

    verb phrase To discourage or dishearten; also, to decrease the intensity of something: Insects put a damper on my plans to move to Maine Discourage, dishearten, deter, as in Grandpa’s death put a damper on our Christmas holidays. This idiom employs the noun damper in the sense of “something that damps or depresses the spirits,” […]

  • Put a cork in it

    verb phrase To keep silent; shut up •Often an irritated command: A New York judge has mercifully told Woody and Mia to put a cork in it (1990s+)

  • Put a fork into someone

    verb phrase To show that someone or something is definitively finished; confirm failure: If American businesses don’t catch up you can ”put a fork into ’em. They’re done” [1990s+; fr the cook’s way of testing whether something baked or roasted is ready to serve]

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