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water sth down

phrasal verb with water uk   /ˈwɔː.tər/  us   /ˈwɑː.t̬ɚ/ verb

(DRINK)

to add water to a drink, usually an alcoholic drink, in order to make it less strong

(IDEA)

to deliberately make an idea or opinion less extreme, usually so that other people will accept it: The party has watered down its ideals in order to appeal to the centre ground.
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