One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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
- ‘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?’
- ‘A larger memory card and simpler phone dialling would have been nice, but that doesn't take the shine off this five-star performer.’
- ‘Having an off year doesn't take the shine off the job for you?’
- ‘But, disappointing as that decision was, Rovers shouldn't let it take the shine off what was an otherwise fantastic night.’
- ‘Even that defeat could not take the shine off what has been an amazing year for this remarkable young man.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘But that will only slightly take the shine off this victory.’
- ‘However, exceptional and extraordinary charges will take the shine off the above-the-line figures.’
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