throw cold water on something

throw cold water on something
throw/pour/cold water on something phrase
to do or say something that spoils someone’s plans or enthusiasm for doing something

He’s always throwing cold water on her ideas.

Thesaurus: to make someone feel disappointed or less hopefulsynonym
Main entry: water

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pour/throw cold ˈwater on sth idiom
to give reasons for not being in favour of sth; to criticize sth

She immediately poured cold water on his plans to expand the business.

Main entry:coldidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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