Definition of Throw cold water on

1. Verb. Be discouraging or negative about.

Exact synonyms: Pour Cold Water On
Generic synonyms: Discourage

Definition of Throw cold water on

1. Verb. (idiomatic of a suggestion, idea, emotion, achievement, etc.) To belittle or dismiss; to cast doubt upon; to debunk. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Throw Cold Water On

throw a bone to
throw a fit
throw a party
throw a sickie
throw a spanner in the works
throw a tantrum
throw a wobbly
throw an eye
throw aside
throw away
throw away the key
throw back
throw caution to the wind
throw chunks
throw cold water on (current term)
throw dirt
throw dirt enough, and some will stick
throw down
throw down one's tools
throw down the gauntlet
throw enough mud at the wall, some of it will stick
throw enough mud at the wall and some of it will stick
throw for a loop
throw good money after bad
throw in
throw in at the deep end
throw in the bark
throw in the sponge
throw in the towel

Literary usage of Throw cold water on

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1898)
"To throw cold water on a scheine. To discourage the proposal ; to speak of it slightingly. Water. '/'.'< coldest water known. ..."

2. The Novels and Letters of Jane Austen by Jane Austen (1906)
"Oh no; there would be a Mrs Knightley to throw cold water on everything. Extremely disagreeable; but she was not at all sorry that she had abused the ..."

3. Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern English and Foreign Sources by James Wood (1899)
"She's beautiful, and therefore to be woo'd ; / She's a woman, and therefore to be won. i Hen, VI., v. > Sheathe thy impatience ; throw cold water on 85 thy ..."

4. Medical Reports, on the Effects of Water, Cold and Warm: As a Remedy in by James Currie (1805)
"... and also eat it; and likewise " sometimes throw cold water on their feet." But the learned Hebrew cannot determine whether it is of service, ..."

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