One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘staff at the club had watered down the drinks’
dilute, add water to, water, thin, thin out, make thin, make thinner, weaken, make weak, make weaker
adulterate, doctor, taint, mix
2‘in the end the proposals were considerably watered down’
moderate, temper, qualify, mitigate, mute, mellow, tone down, soften
subdue, curb, tame, calm, bridle
understate, underemphasize, play down, soft-pedal, downplay
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