- 1a piece of metal that can be moved to allow more or less air into a fire so that the fire burns more or less strongly
- 2a device in a piano that is used to reduce the level of the sound produced Idioms
to make something less enjoyable, successful, etc. Rain put a damper on the event. Recession in the early nineties put a damper on growth.
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