Definition of take the edge off in English:

take the edge off


  • Reduce the intensity or effect of (something unpleasant or severe)

    ‘the tablets will take the edge off the pain’
    • ‘Apparently the painkillers had worn off and, when he couldn't find his usual source, decided to buy some crack to take the edge off.’
    • ‘A couple of overdue emails took the edge off of the urge but didn't sate it.’
    • ‘Keep on biking and swimming, though, to take the edge off.’
    • ‘Taking 500 mg of milk thistle before embarking on a long night of drinking often takes the edge off the after effects.’
    • ‘The real man gets up and pounds back a cold one to take the edge off.’
    • ‘And right now, they don't have anything to take the edge off.’
    • ‘I would always have two pints after a round to take the edge off and relax.’
    • ‘Staying in high gear whenever possible, accelerating slowly and reducing weight can help take the edge off the fuel bill.’
    • ‘Yet resurgent consumer spending, the lifeblood of all advanced post-industrial economies like Hong Kong's, should take the edge off, economists said.’
    • ‘My Friend Rob I have a friend who reads my stuff and sends me thoughtful email and I got a great note from him this morning about my son being ill and how sometimes praying can take the edge off - I totally agree.’
    allay, assuage, alleviate, ease, relieve, reduce, diminish, decrease, lessen, soothe, soften, dull, cushion, mollify, moderate, calm, lull, temper, mitigate, palliate, blunt, deaden, abate, tone down
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