Put a damper on something

Idiom

Put a damper on something

Definition

To put a damper on something means to cause a feeling of discouragement, disappointment, or gloom.

Examples

The bad weather really put a damper on our picnic.

The news about the layoff put a damper on the morale of the office.

The constant criticism from her boss put a damper on her enthusiasm for the project.

Origin

This phrase is derived from the idea of closing a damper in a fireplace to reduce the intensity of the fire.

FAQs

Q. What is the opposite of ‘put a damper on something’? A. To lift the spirits or to brighten someone’s mood.