One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Cause to be less keenly felt; reduce the intensity or effectiveness of.‘she'd have to find something to dull the edges of the pain’
- ‘There's enough of the squishy stuff to dull the edge of the harshest road and make long rides tolerable to those with sensitive tail sections, and the nature of it lacks the overly mushy feel of some gel saddles.’
- ‘Living-wage laws close off low wages as a competitive strategy, dulling the edge of employer resistance to unions.’
- ‘However, vibrant as this movement was, the slow and insidious process of co-option began to dull the edge of militancy.’
- ‘A life-threatening crash could not dull the edge of his commitment, and still he cannot walk away completely.’
- ‘But it does dull the edge of keen minds, fooling those who really should know better.’
- ‘Day after night after day, only sinking below an alpha state when the exhaustion and fatigue poisons were enough to dull the edge of the pain, the spasming muscles.’
- ‘He stopped seeing his friends quite so often, because she claimed that alcohol dulled the edge of his appetite for sex.’
- ‘In fact, his character is an example how overexposure dulls the edge of comedy.’
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