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pour cold water on

Definition:

to be discouraging or negative about

Class:

emotion verb (feeling)

Past tense:

poured cold water on

Present participle:

pouring cold water on

3rd-person singular present:

pours cold water on

Type of:

discourage

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

pour cold water on [informal] | throw cold water on

to be unenthusiastic about or discourage (6 of 326 words, 4 usage examples)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/pour-cold-water-on

Oxford Dictionary:

pour cold water on

see "cold". | See parent entry "pour" (6 of 29 words, 2 definitions)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/pour cold water on 1

Wiktionary:

pour cold water on | throw cold water on [synonym]

[idiomatic, suggestion, ideas, emotion, achievement, etc.] To belittle or dismiss; to cast doubt upon; to debunk. (16 of 19 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/pour cold water on

Merriam-Webster:

throw [entry 1, verb] | threw [past tense] | thrown [past participle] | throwing [present participle] | throw cold water on | throw money at | throw one's weight around | throw to the wolves | throw together

to propel through the air by a forward motion of the hand and arm ; to propel through the air in any manner ; "pitch" [sense-specific] | to cause to ... (29 of 872 words, 25 definitions, 37 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/throw

Macmillan British Dictionary:

discourage [transitive] | discouraged [past tense] | discouraging [present participle] | discourages [3rd-person singular present]

to try to prevent something from happening, especially because you do not approve of it or think it's harmful | to make someone feel less confident or ... (26 of 85 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/discourage

Random House Dictionary:

discourage | discouraged [past tense] | discouraging [present participle]

to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; dishearten; dispirit. | to dissuade (usually followed by "from"). | to obstruct by opposition or ... (20 of 63 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/discourage

Cambridge Dictionary:

discourage [entry 1] | discouraging [adjective, derived]

to make someone feel less confident, enthusiastic and positive about something, or less willing to do something Opposite: encourage (19 of 44 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/discourage 1

discourage [entry 2] | discouraging [adjective, derived]

to prevent or try to prevent something happening or someone doing something, by making things difficult or unpleasant, or by showing disapproval ... (22 of 54 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/discourage 2

American Heritage Dictionary:

discourage | discouraged [past tense] | discouraging [present participle] | discourages [3rd-person singular present] | discourageable [adjective, related] | discourager [noun, related] | discouragingly [adverb, related]

To deprive of confidence, hope, or spirit. | To hamper by discouraging; deter. | To try to prevent by expressing disapproval or raising objections. (22 of 51 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/discourage

New World Dictionary:

discourage | discouraged [past tense] | discouraging [present participle]

to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; dishearten | to advise or persuade (a person) to refrain | to prevent or try to prevent by disapproving or ... (25 of 49 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/discourage

Encarta Dictionary:

discourage | discouraged [past tense] | discouraging [present participle] | discourages [3rd-person singular present]

to tend to prevent something from happening by making it more difficult or unpleasant | to try to stop a person or animal from doing something | to ... (26 of 93 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861605083​/definition​.html  [offline]

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