One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘her hat had a dent at the crown’
indentation, dint, dimple, dip, depression, hollow, crater, pit, trough
2‘lawyers' fees will make a nasty dent in their finances’
reduction, depletion, deduction, cut, hole
1‘he grumbled that Jamie had dented his bike’
make a dent in, make an indentation in, dint, indent, mark
2‘the experience did not dent her confidence’
diminish, reduce, lessen, shrink, weaken, erode, undermine, sap, shake, break, crush, cripple, destroy, damage, impair
informal put the kibosh on
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