Definition of take the chill off in US English:

take the chill off

phrase

  • Warm slightly.

    • ‘We can endure in our churches enough warmth to take the chill off, but more than this is offensive.’
    • ‘The effect of the hot tea bag, and still-warm mug, is to take the chill off the milk - and impregnate it with a mild tea flavour.’
    • ‘It's a great pudding for a family lunch, but remember to take it out of the fridge a little early to take the chill off it.’
    • ‘It's a suitably rustic setting, with exposed stone and a roaring fireplace that takes the chill off a cold winter's night.’
    • ‘With a fondue I can dip my meat in for a couple of seconds to take the chill off, while my guests reduce it to a little wizened lump of charcoal, but as long as all parties are happy, who cares.’
    • ‘So I turned the volume down and turned on the little heater to take the chill off & hit the snooze button for 10 minutes.’
    • ‘Eating something warm took the chill off 29%, while 18% cuddled up under the duvet to watch TV.’
    • ‘Like white, it was an easy option - you could paint the whole house in it - and its creamy warmth took the chill off rooms.’
    • ‘A few years ago LaMarche and his partner, Josee Savard, purchased large gas heaters to take the chill off on bad days.’
    • ‘Adding a heat lamp to a bathroom to take the chill off on cold mornings.’
    • ‘Electric heating will take the chill off a room and is ideal under a limestone or tiled bathroom floor.’
    • ‘So I slipped it in the microwave to take the chill off it, waited for a couple of minutes and put it down for Harry to enjoy.’
    • ‘Bahzell had the second watch, and when Tothas turned in at last, it was to find the hradani had gotten up early and tucked a heated stone into his blankets to take the chill off them.’
    heat, heat up, become warm, make warm, become hot, make hot, raise the temperature of, increase in temperature, thaw, thaw out, melt, take the chill off
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