Synonyms of 'water something down'
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1 diluteDictionary, add water to, put water inHe always waters his whisky down before drinking it.
2 moderateDictionary, weaken, temperThe government has no intention of watering down its social security reforms.
They are hoping that he will be persuaded to moderate his views.
Her opponents believe that her authority has been fatally weakened.
He had to learn to temper his enthusiasm.
He must learn to curb that temper of his.
He could not think how to soften the blow of what he had to tell her.
I would qualify that by putting it into context.
Bush muted some of his more extreme views.
ways of mitigating the effects of an explosion
The government are trying to downplay the violence which broke out yesterday.
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