pour cold water on


pour cold water on
v. throw cold water on, discourage, deter; dampen the excitement, kill the joy; be discouraging about

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • pour\ cold\ water\ on — • throw cold water on • dash cold water on • pour cold water on v. phr. To discourage; say or do something to discourage. We had high hopes of victory but our opponents soon threw cold water on them. Henry s father threw cold water on his plans… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • pour cold water on — verb be discouraging or negative about • Syn: ↑throw cold water on • Hypernyms: ↑discourage • Verb Frames: Somebody s something Somebody s somebody * * * see …   Useful english dictionary

  • pour cold water on —    If you pour cold water on someone s plans, opinions or ideas, you discourage them by showing little enthusiasm or expression your misgivings.     The committee poured cold water on the idea of accepting new members …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • pour cold water on — See: THROW COLD WATER ON …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pour cold water on — See: THROW COLD WATER ON …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pour cold water on — verb To belittle or dismiss; to cast doubt upon; to debunk. Syn: throw cold water on …   Wiktionary

  • pour cold water on (something) — pour/throw cold water on (something) informal if you pour cold water on opinions or ideas, you criticize them and stop people believing them or being excited about them. Margaret Thatcher poured cold water on the idea of a European central bank …   New idioms dictionary

  • pour cold water on something — throw/pour/cold water on something phrase to do or say something that spoils someone’s plans or enthusiasm for doing something He’s always throwing cold water on her ideas. Thesaurus: to make someone feel disappointed or less hopefulsynonym… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pour cold water on something — tv. to put n end to something; to dampen something. □ I hate to pour cold water on your plan, but it won’t work. □ I wanted to go to the party, but my brother poured cold water on that by taking the car …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • pour/throw cold water on — see ↑water • • • Main Entry: ↑cold pour/throw cold water on : to say that you do not like (an idea, suggestion, etc.) in a way that stops other people from doing it or from feeling enthusiastic about it He wanted to buy a new car, but I… …   Useful english dictionary


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