take the edge off

take the edge off

Meaning:

  • blunt the effect of
  • reduce the impact of
  • make less severe

Examples:

  1. Have a painkiller – it’ll take the edge off the pain your in hand.
  2. Her apology took the edge of his anger.
  3. After a strong hard work, I need to eat something to take the edge off fatigue and hunger.
  4. The coconuts took the edge off the dehydration and hunger when I was lost on an isolated island.
  5. I don’t know how to take the edge off the fear from heights.
  6. Do some meditation and yoga this will take the edge off the stress.

Origin:
This idiomatic expression dates from the first half of the 1900s.

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