from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal Discouragement, deterrence, or deprecation, as of a proposal or an idea deemed silly or ill-advised: "The President was careful not to throw cold water on the latest Soviet arms proposal” ( Christian Science Monitor).

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  • n. disparagement of a plan or hope or expectation


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