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Spoil the brilliance or excitement of:‘these concerns are taking the shine off Britain's economic recovery’
ruin, wreck, destroy, upset, undo, mess up, make a mess of, dash, sabotage, scupper, scotch, torpedo, blast, vitiateView synonyms
- ‘But, disappointing as that decision was, Rovers shouldn't let it take the shine off what was an otherwise fantastic night.’
- ‘However, exceptional and extraordinary charges will take the shine off the above-the-line figures.’
- ‘But it caused her a major headache at an already difficult time, and to be greeted by a damp, cold flat took the shine off her move.’
- ‘A larger memory card and simpler phone dialling would have been nice, but that doesn't take the shine off this five-star performer.’
- ‘However you look at it, it takes the shine off all those positive press releases boasting how she keeps playing to full houses in Las Vegas, doesn't it?’
- ‘She goes on, ‘The moment you take away the dowry, you take the shine off the ceremony.’’
- ‘But the absence of these key players is taking the shine off the Rugby World Cup, it's making it less of a contest than it otherwise would have been.’
- ‘Even that defeat could not take the shine off what has been an amazing year for this remarkable young man.’
- ‘But that will only slightly take the shine off this victory.’
- ‘Having an off year doesn't take the shine off the job for you?’
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