9 Grammatical Pitfalls

damage control

a department or group, as aboard a naval vessel, responsible for taking action to control damage caused by fire, collision, etc.
any efforts, as by a company, to curtail losses, counteract unfavorable publicity, etc.
Related forms
damage-control, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for damage control
  • Served extremely cold as damage control for the impatient eater, it's exactly right.
  • The fusillade of words he unleashes barely express his damage, to say nothing of his pathetic attempts at damage control.
  • True, but coming so soon after the email scandal, it appears to be damage control.
  • Removing unfavorable criticism as a means of damage control only results in the need for more damage control.
  • But, this strategy should be understood as desperate and perhaps delusional damage control.
  • External damage control is going to be harder to effect than internal efforts to soothe the offended anthropologists.
  • It's time to go into damage control mode and repair your relationship with your supervisor.
  • Time spent on damage control alone would have been higher.
  • Some are playing at damage control, trying to train native predators to avoid the taste of toads.
  • We need to both increase overall understanding of science and learn how to do effective damage control.
Idioms and Phrases with damage control

damage control

Measures to minimize or curtail loss or harm. For example, As soon as they discovered the leak to the press, the senator's office worked night and day on damage control. Used literally since the 1950s, specifically for limiting the effect of an accident on a ship, this term began to be used figuratively in the 1970s.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for damage control

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for damage

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for damage control