Leno said he felt the same as he try to put a damper on any such talk at a post-roast press conference.
The rain here in Tampa, though not yet at tropical-storm levels, has put a damper on the now delayed convention.
Changes in the level of subsidies and feed-in tariffs can put a damper on activity.
damper lifter buttons sometimes hold the damper off the string.
She put a damper on the sudden enthusiasm that lilted into his voice.
Closing the damper in summer keeps flies, mosquitoes, and other insects from entering the house down the chimney.
The draught is regulated by the damper on the top of the chimney.
Marjorie was recovering 175 from the damper she had lately received.
This was a damper; for if the stairs were all made in this fashion, there could be no secret.
It was all a confused muddle to him, and as his thoughts ran in this channel it put a damper on his spirits.
of a piano, 1783; of a chimney, 1788; agent noun from damp (v.). Either or both led to various figurative senses.
late 14c., "to suffocate," from damp (n.). Figurative meaning "to deaden (the spirits, etc.)" attested by 1540s. Meaning "to moisten" is recorded from 1670s. Related: Damped; damping.
early 14c., "a noxious vapor," perhaps in Old English but there is no record of it. If not, probably from Middle Low German damp; ultimately in either case from Proto-Germanic *dampaz (cf. Old High German damph, German Dampf "vapor;" Old Norse dampi "dust"). Sense of "moisture, humidity" is first certainly attested 1706.