Meaning of “take the sting out of sth” in the English Dictionary

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"take the sting out of sth" in British English

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take the sting out of sth

If something takes the sting out of an unpleasant situation, it makes it less unpleasant:

The new policy of shorter working hours will serve to take the sting out of the pay cut.

(Definition of “take the sting out of sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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