throw cold water on
phrasal to discourage especially through pessimism or indifference

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • throw\ 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

  • throw cold water on — (something) to criticize or stop something that some people are enthusiastic about. The proposal seemed reasonable enough, but authorities quickly threw cold water on it …   New idioms dictionary

  • throw cold water on — verb To belittle or dismiss; to cast doubt upon; to debunk. Oh! no; there would be a Mrs. Knightley to throw cold water on every thing. Extremely disagreeable! Syn: pour cold water on …   Wiktionary

  • throw cold water on — discourage, cause you to lose interest    Don t be negative. Don t throw cold water on our travel plans …   English idioms

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

  • throw cold water on — also[dash cold water on] or[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 to go to …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • throw cold water on — also[dash cold water on] or[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 to go to …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • throw cold water on — discourage, forbid My boss quickly threw cold water on my plan to go to New York on a field trip …   Idioms and examples

  • throw cold water on — v. pour cold water on, discourage, deter; dampen the excitement, kill the joy; be discouraging about …   English contemporary dictionary

  • throw cold water on — Chill, damp, discourage, cool, quench …   New dictionary of synonyms

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