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English definition of “put a damper on sth”

put a damper on sth

to stop an occasion from being enjoyable: The accident put a damper on their holiday.Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
(Definition of put a damper on sth from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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