put a crimp in
By analogy with putting a crimp in a pipe or hose, thereby slowing or stopping the flow of liquid through it.
- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see put, crimp, in.
- To spoil; to affect badly, preventing the usual or desired effect.
- 2010, Gay Fifer, The River in Egypt, →ISBN:
- This put a crimp in my style, so I was determined we were going to find our own place faster than the timetable we'd set ourselves.
- 2012, Bill Finch, Beth Maynor Young, & Rhett Johnson, Longleaf, Far as the Eye Can See, →ISBN:
- Everyone had expected the economic recession to put a crimp in Davis's ambitions.
- 2013, Devon Vaughn Archer, Love Is In The Air, →ISBN:
- Would marriage somehow put a crimp in your image as a beautiful, successful and single newscaster?
- 2014, Gail Loreth, Sarah’s Revenge, →ISBN, page 57:
- It sure would put a crimp in things to have any vandalism happen here.