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cold water

n. Informal
Discouragement or disapproval: I hadn't told her it was a costume party ... because she might have tossed cold water on the plan" (Caroline Preston).
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Noun1.cold water - disparagement of a plan or hope or expectation; "she poured cold water on the whole idea of going to Africa"
depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
References in classic literature ?
At some little distance from the farmhouse was a spring with a constant flow of clear, cold water, whence the family derived its supply for domestic use at all seasons.
Everywhere in the Swiss highlands brilliant little rills of exquisitely cold water went dancing along by the roadsides, and my comrade and I were always drinking and always delivering our deep gratitude.
What good can it do you to throw cold water on that corpse and get up that selfish theory that there ain't been any murder?
I escort you down the kitchen stairs (with your kind permission); take my largest pie-dish out of the cook's hands; I fill it with cold water. Good!
The men sat huddled up trying not to stir, so as to warm the water that had trickled to their bodies and not admit the fresh cold water that was leaking in under their seats, their knees, and at the back of their necks.
- GEORGE, HARRIS, AND MONTMORENCY DO NOT LIKE THE LOOK OF THE COLD WATER. - HEROISM AND DETERMINATION ON THE PART OF J.
They dislike cold water and keep as far away from it as possible.
I threw a pitcher of cold water over Rouletabille's head.
At dinner, there is nothing to drink upon the table, but great jugs full of cold water. Nobody says anything, at any meal, to anybody.
"Uncle must love cold water like a duck," she thought, with a shiver.
We had been picking apples all day, but were taking a mid-afternoon rest around the well, with a cup of its sparkling cold water to refresh us.
Near this kitchen was a bathroom comfortably furnished, with hot and cold water taps.