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take the edge off

take the edge off


  • blunt the effect of
  • reduce the impact of
  • make less severe


  1. Have a painkiller – it’ll take the edge off the pain your in hand.
  2. Her apology took the edge of his anger.
  3. After a strong hard work, I need to eat something to take the edge off fatigue and hunger.
  4. The coconuts took the edge off the dehydration and hunger when I was lost on an isolated island.
  5. I don’t know how to take the edge off the fear from heights.
  6. Do some meditation and yoga this will take the edge off the stress.

This idiomatic expression dates from the first half of the 1900s.

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