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Definition of damper noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 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
  2. 2a device in a piano that is used to reduce the level of the sound produced
  3. Idioms
    put a damper on something (informal)
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    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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