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British pronunciation/mˌeɪk pˌʊt ɐ dˈɛnt ɪn ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ/
American pronunciation/mˌeɪk pˌʊt ɐ dˈɛnt ɪn ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ/
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to lessen the amount of a thing, particularly tasks or money

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to [make|put] a dent in {sth} definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "make a dent in something" and when to use it?

The idiom "make a dent in something" likely originated from the visual and physical impact of creating a dent or depression in a surface. It signifies the act of causing a noticeable change or damage to something, even if it is just a small or initial effect. This phrase is used to describe the action of significantly impacting or affecting a particular thing, typically in a way that produces visible or measurable results. It emphasizes that progress or change has been achieved, even if it may be limited.

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British pronunciation/mˌeɪk ɔː pˌʊt ɐ dˈɛnt ɪn ɔː/
American pronunciation/mˌeɪk ɔːɹ pˌʊt ɐ dˈɛnt ɪn ɔːɹ/
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to achieve a small amount of progress with something, such as a task or problem, enough to create a noticeable change

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She's been working diligently on her project and has already put a dent in her to-do list.
Despite the tight deadline, the team managed to make a dent in the project, completing a crucial phase.
The fundraising campaign made a dent in our financial goal, but we still need more contributions.
The fundraising event didn't reach its goal, but it did put a dent in the funds needed for the community project.
Regular exercise and a healthy diet can put a dent in your weight loss journey.
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