One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she leaned back against the cushions’
pillow, bolster, headrest
scatter cushion, floor cushion, beanbag, booster cushion, squab
hassock, kneeler, mat
2‘a cushion against fluctuations in demand’
protection, buffer, shield, defence, bulwark
1‘he stared out of the window, his chin cushioned on one hand’
support, cradle, prop, prop up, rest
2‘George told me the news, trying hard to cushion the blow’
soften, lessen, diminish, decrease, mitigate, temper, allay, alleviate, reduce the effect of, take the edge off, dull, blunt, deaden, absorb, muffle, stifle
3‘residents are cushioned from the outside world’
protect, shield, shelter, cocoon
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