damage control

noun
1.
a department or group, as aboard a naval vessel, responsible for taking action to control damage caused by fire, collision, etc.
2.
any efforts, as by a company, to curtail losses, counteract unfavorable publicity, etc.

damage-control, adjective
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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® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
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.
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