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British pronunciation/tˈeɪk ðɪ ˈɛdʒ ˈɒf ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ/
American pronunciation/tˈeɪk ðɪ ˈɛdʒ ˈɔf ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ/
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to make something, particularly something unpleasant, less severe or intense

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to [take] the edge off {sth} definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "take the edge off" and when to use it?

The idiom "take the edge off" comes from the idea of smoothing or dulling the sharp or uncomfortable parts of something, making it more tolerable or less intense. It is often used metaphorically to describe the act of reducing the intensity or severity of a situation, emotion, or experience. People use this phrase to mean lessening the severity or intensity of something, often with the aim of making it more manageable or more enjoyable.

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Listening to soothing music can take the edge off your stress and anxiety.
Laughing with friends can take the edge off a difficult situation.
Having a light snack before dinner can take the edge off your hunger.
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