Synonym of curb

Alternative for curb

curbs, curbed, curbing

Synonym: check, control, pavement, restrain, stop,

Noun

A concrete margin along the edge of a road

Noun

A check or restraint on something
restraint check restriction constraint control limitation brake limit rein stricture circumscription condition damper deterrent fetter barrier bridle trammel chain clampdown crackdown restrainer retardant suppressant hindrance impediment obstruction obstacle inhibition block handicap bar cramp encumbrance stop hurdle snag stumbling block shackles interference drawback drag crimp catch hitch holdback clog balk difficulty discouragement confinement manacle baulk hazard embarrassment let setback disadvantage stoppage prevention problem disincentive hold spanner in the works complication fly in the ointment leash monkey wrench in the works cumber hiccup burden repression shackle inconvenience impedance suppression preventive dissuasion lock gridlock millstone blockage hamper delay fetters determent ball and chain ceiling captivity hampering embargo straitjacket interruption holdup prohibition glitch facer retardation jam boundary detriment stint safeguard catch-22 harness monkey wrench curtailment demarcation defence defense detention arrest line bonds barricade preventative constrainment trammels albatross wall issue bounds blockade binding hang-up baggage joker retardment stopping hangup booby trap protection regulation qualification squelching shutdown trouble rebuff security shortcoming taboo reservation strap lead halter weakness threshold bondage constriction flaw break custody injunction fault ban contraction caution curbing defect bottleneck manacles chains containment bound deterrence blocking string precautionary measure downside pitfall cap bind roadblock cumbrance tie circumvention extent interdict remedy precaution disbenefit excess baggage minus wet blanket end load rub hold-up preventive measure protective measure jam-up strike restraining order road block millstone around your neck upper limit sticking point bond clogging obligation commitment immobilization immobilisation deadweight discipline opposition buttress intimidation chill reversal reverse blow depressant cloud hardship cinchers anchor binders put down damp congestion gloom pall bump uphill weary load inadequacy circumspection modification definition pale maximum injury deterring factor termination defensive measures whammy depression disablement impairment disorder warning occlusion stamping out bit governor confines psychological baggage millstone round someone's neck palladium fail-safe protective shield mountain checkmate mountain to climb bridling checking retarding device dead weight red tape compression astringency tightening squeezing shrinking choking shackling fettering holding back frustration baulking cramping stifling smothering stipulation neutralizer prophylactic cold water halting thwarting quashing foiling rule headstall hackamore collar tether noose border perimeter proviso provision moderation boycott balking sublimation rider strings requirement margin confine disqualification anticipatory measure gotcha gimmick limits no-no rope order instruction deprivation pinions weight decrease abridgment abridgement command reduction tops putting an end to putting an stop to nipping in the bud fix pickle tight spot puzzler spot the rub cropper land mine bug knot crunch unseen problem scrape restraining device line of demarcation cutoff point cut-off point irons handcuffs cuffs fine print small difficulty elimination eradication crushing abolition imprisonment incarceration internment failing wait bilboes tethers ropes restraints imperfection deficiency stern measures getting tough crush severe measures interdiction stall liability detainment bracelets gyves darbies gagging order gag court order halt lull lag suspension nuisance lack negative debit interval intermission retard gap interlude pause incommodity disability ado prorogation surcease stay logjam downtime filibuster holding ill prison impoundment immurement evil tie-up showstopper leg irons weak point waiting period time wasted time lag cooling-off period holding pattern period of waiting weak spot thraldom duress durance porridge thrall gaol delimitation bounding keeping jail house arrest scope coercion immuration safekeeping sabotage intervention foot dragging deal-breaker mishap upset disappointment misfortune defeat knock lapse tragedy misadventure disaster failure adversity bad luck catastrophe fence accident affliction tribulation bummer woe vicissitude distress bath rout non-success ill luck body blow reverse of fortune hard times bit of trouble kick in the teeth one in the eye blank wall proscription moratorium veto loss calamity mischance breakdown downfall rahui railing traverse hassle sorrow headache car crash grief snafu tangle discontinuance lack of success controller regulator stroke of bad luck narrowing pressure stenosis tightness bulwark bad experience encirclement infarct closure embolus cordon infarction squeeze telescoping contracting compacting condensing constricting condensation compaction line of defense straitening strangulation limiter trial prerequisite demand clause regression slowdown backset comedown regress foil bottom requisite essential necessity exception term specification precondition contingency kicker terms restraining self-command refrainment discretion continence reserve self-control self-restraint flip-flop unfortunate development about-face knock-back exemption postulate double whammy arrangement piece of bad luck drawing board whole new ballgame reversal of fortune repulse need article must-have must small print sine qua non bottling up keeping back keeping in check keeping under control holding in biting back turnabout vanquishment conquering

Noun

A checking or restraining element

Noun

The act of curtailing
curtailment reduction cutback lessening retrenchment cut cutting decrease diminution docking limitation restriction shortening shrinkage truncation abbreviation condensation guillotine cutting short contraction decline abatement drop lowering diminishment decrement falloff abridgment fall loss abridgement digest depletion depression abstract summary synopsis drop-off precis deduction compendium step down compression conspectus dent discount outline downturn diminishing constriction bowdlerization précis epitome trimming sketch rundown slash dwindling devaluation brief pruning minimization downtick subtraction weakening ebb curtailing limiting waning degradation economy rollback slackening minimizing shrinking constricting breviary telescoping falling off de-escalation downfall dilution minimising belt-tightening reducing attrition cutting down ellipsis downgrade downsize mitigation lightening easing clipping slimming round-up recap summing-up review recapitulation encapsulation concentration attenuation erosion ebbing chopping debasement axing markdown consolidation crystallization curbing moderation let-up subdual subjugation pullback slimming down declining résumé cuts economizing essence boildown crystallisation scaling down slowing down shortened version undermining cutting back sapping wane cropping economising petering out detraction slump subsidence concise version abridged version syllabus abbreviature paring down shortcut abstraction taking away striction decrescence tightening your belt descent plunge dip down nosedive dive dying down precipitation depreciation downtrend deterioration slide downswing tumble sag letting up downslide lapse slip landslide slowdown fall-off compend tightening squeezing narrowing squeeze compaction tensing contracting compacting condensing shrivelling elision abbreviating deflating merging evaporation evaporating omission deflation withdrawing combining withdrawal recession confinement lopping abridging drawing in omitting receding withering drawing together reduction in size confining decreasing shriveling phasedown saving reversal salami slicing

Noun

The area on either side of a road

Noun

A piece of cloth put in or over a person's mouth to prevent them from speaking

Verb

To restrain or keep in check
restrain check control suppress inhibit repress bridle contain limit moderate constrain impede retard smother stifle muffle muzzle regulate restrict strangle subdue curtail deter discipline freeze gag hinder hold keep keep under control peg tame trammel entrammel fetter govern measure rule withhold hold in keep in check put a limit on rein in box in cut back choke back cool down cool off hold back hold down keep back keep within bounds put the brakes on slow down bite back button up fight back keep a tight rein on keep tight rein on stem the flow of tie up keep a lid on keep lid on keep the lid on bring to screeching halt bottle up pull in confine swallow hamper silence delimit cork cork up cap stop circumscribe master cool temper sink submerge fix pocket deaden calm keep down tone down quench conceal prevent rein arrest bound hold in check quell hem in overcome mitigate shut in dampen quash still mellow quiet squash overpower frustrate hide decrease straiten demarcate modulate squelch damp down kill simmer down shush set rein back constrict specify set limits on impose limits on demark compose define keep in shut down put a ceiling on tranquilize put a lid on conquer collect pacify soothe soften settle tranquillize mute damp extinguish leash cramp keep in line bar direct imprison reduce intern determine quelch guide decide gaol jail chain interfere with tie down put a brake on get the better of lock up hog-tie prescribe terminate delimitate cover up box up girdle stamp out bring under control keep secret put away pin down crack down bind modify fence in keep within limits put an stop to put an end to put half nelson on mark off ration enclose encircle surround soft-pedal come down on gulp back manage halt crush gulp cushion fight resist destroy ease re-collect keep control of adjust monitor relieve drown gain mastery over gain control over keep on a string garrote garrotte censor rally inspect lull corner recover set a limit on keep feeling inside oneself bite one's lip keep a rein on mothball immobilize immobilise hamstring baulk choke nip in the bud incarcerate bring into line lay down the law to someone hush ice quieten tongue-tie hold up ban lock in deny concuss coop up deprive shotgun disallow close in necessitate immure balk place a limit on lick dry up dummy up shut up shrink inclose shorten narrow contract prelimit qualify tether diminish allay mollify take tough action clamp down handicap palliate draw the line on send up hang up clip someone's wings put on ice cut down on gentle bit harness mince relax break humble clamp down on crack down on temperate debar cow reclaim bust detain stay stem impound hogtie bottle internalize block internalise budget conserve sit on pull back water down get a grip on sway save form influence condition dictate have on a tight leash play down cool out meet halfway affect shape mould alter touch underlie limit to a fixed amount restrict the consumption of establish predispose directionalize mold act on incline work on dispose shepherd keep under wraps impact on exert influence on jam up keep inside black out be a factor in have an effect on have an impact on outline stipulate identify designate delineate classify distinguish envelop encompass detail set the limits of set the boundaries of flank gird set out mark rim belt lay down verge stake out edge wall in border set bounds to compass mark out

Verb

To gain mastery or control over something or someone
beat conquer control subdue master overcome defeat quell vanquish lick bridle quash tame best suppress surmount check restrain dispatch clobber dominate arrest curtail frustrate squash squelch stifle thwart prevail over triumph over get the better of gain mastery over get a grip on win against crack down on put the kibosh on stamp out gain control of repress crush stop extinguish put down nip in the bud end abolish destroy snuff out terminate put an end to put a stop to silence wipe out get rid of clamp down on annihilate slap down quench demolish kill rout subjugate finish overpower extirpate govern overwhelm get over eradicate eliminate inhibit halt solve scotch deaden overthrow crack down overmatch upend weed out worst overbear get cut short cut off skunk put the lid on get under control get around get control of deal with do down shut down rise above exterminate torpedo expunge scrunch trash squish hinder remove bring under control obstruct snow under impede banish block prevent clamp down blot out stymie bring to screeching halt put an stop to find an answer to find a solution to settle censor dumb constrain put out clam abate dull contain hegemonize manage regulate nix cope with rule direct command smother moderate strangle at birth keep down close up choke off say nothing soften mellow damp lessen diminish rein in hold back keep in check tone down keep the lid on keep a lid on quieten down hold in check queer trounce tank undo thrash drub outdo outstrip excel stuff outclass surpass hammer take down crucify paste slaughter weather survive whip floor devastate shock oppress throw stun shellac walk over reduce outlive prevail own hurdle render win be victorious knock out be victorious over come out on top wipe the floor with walk all over come out on top of grind down make mincemeat of knock over gain a victory over take to the cleaners bring someone to their knees win over run rings around knock your socks off render incapable render powerless blow out of the water render helpless sit on

Verb

To cause to fail
thwart frustrate hinder foil check stop impede block prevent obstruct hamper stymie restrain baulk forestall defeat baffle scotch balk cramp derail circumvent scupper oppose trammel ruin beat spoil dash counter discomfit smash snooker disappoint crimp checkmate confuse upset outwit cross crab nobble bilk traverse root snafu skin stultify hold up put a stop to put paid to stand in the way of do for foul up put the kibosh on louse up put the stopper on put the mockers on take down give the slip upset the applecart cook someone's goose play off put a spoke in someone's wheel take wind out of spike someone's guns queer someone's pitch take the wind out of your sails stall counteract bar nullify head off halt inhibit overturn stave off repress restrict retard ditch juke ward off disrupt disconcert rattle suppress screw up mess up throw monkey wrench in nip in the bud resist withstand act against cripple elude cramp one's style throw a curve queer fend off faze skip promote dodge shake duck buffalo bollix hang up shake off shuffle off neutralize bring an end to contravene debar scuttle obviate invalidate give the run-around run rings around run circles around get out of confound repel squash deter halt in its tracks hamstring handicap constrain escape prohibit evade bypass repulse undo parry circumnavigate neutralise counterplot blank bury throw a spanner in the works defend against deflect interfere with steer clear of sidestep interdict hold back skirt limit throw a monkey wrench in the works crash keep lid on wreck shut out stump avert hold off stonewall avoid unsettle get the better of get in the way of slow down cause setback beat down put end to take wind out of sails fetter hobble quash stifle negate puzzle cancel arrest annul mystify nonplus flummox give the run around offset buck finish finish off make an end of put an end to bring to a close crush confront crool banjax overcome lick preclude conquer forbid put a brake on put the lid on dash one's hope render null and void shackle perplex bewilder encumber clog manacle short-circuit hog-tie handcuff embarrass dead-end pigeonhole corner shelve tie up throw fox floor choke off cut off hang fire obfuscate dumbfound wilder gravel discombobulate maze put on hold stick put at a loss bring up short stagger be all Greek to bamboozle be too much for put on back burner throw a monkey wrench into throw a spanner in the works of throw a monkey wrench in the works of

Verb

To impede the work or ability of, especially intending to cause failure
obstruct hinder impede hamper inhibit block check restrain frustrate encumber restrict handicap trammel fetter cramp shackle retard delay hamstring halt hobble bar forestall limit manacle handcuff balk baulk embarrass stall interrupt slow derail prohibit cumber stay bridle stonewall bork interfere sabotage crab sandbag throttle obscure screen complicate hold up hold back interfere with hog-tie short-circuit slow down tie up hang up put a brake on stand in the way of get in the way get in the way of weigh down monkey with stop thwart stymie prevent arrest clog foil constrain cut off stem confine cripple oppose curtail choke repress suppress deter crimp put an end to tie stifle control counteract baffle nip in the bud shut off set back avert contain throw a spanner in the works of keep back dam disrupt interdict detain stave off suspend put a stop to end ward off bind hold reduce throw a monkey wrench in the works of resist brake withhold close off shut out head off shut down lessen discontinue plug counter staunch intercept close put off catch stopper straiten bring to a standstill entrammel cramp one's style bring to an end stop up postpone leash debar discourage pause scupper clog up entangle circumvent terminate divert plug up regulate jam diminish spoil congest decrease forbid preclude seal choke off stuff hold off decelerate still occlude fill contravene burden constrict ruin smother defer chain moderate freeze bung up shelve retardate close out cease draw up finish block up rein in pull up slow up fetch up evade put back cut short fend off hold down block out repulse block off stanch repel bog down bring to a stop put a damper on knock off clot put the kibosh on dissuade from circumscribe barricade enjoin delimit neutralize fill up let bung bottleneck gum up caulk slacken faze blockade dampen fight neutralise defeat defy fence prorogue drop quiet mire bring up can loiter muzzle intermit confront hold in nullify circumnavigate keep close up ward tie down turn aside combat be a hindrance to stunt forfend stem the flow of fight back sidestep skirt withstand refuse choke up pre-empt remit bottle up break off drag your feet tie one's hands turn off take down keep in check avoid let up back off immobilize hold off on lay off immobilise throw cold water on hold over wind up defend bring to a halt tie someone's hands pick off cut out bring to a close pour cold water on call a halt to cramp someone's style bring to screeching halt subdue break up adjourn pull the plug on give a hard time defend against steer clear of struggle against strive against fight off put up a fight against put on ice straitjacket overturn obturate proscribe dam up glut silt up inc gunge up protract ban disallow inconvenience debilitate discomfit rattle cap disconcert clutter up dissuade quash enmesh net ensnare capture fix scrub sidetrack brace impair disadvantage idle prolong snag box in louse up bit taboo outlaw entrap prevent from making progress estop pack jam up foul up screw up scotch down hesitate loaf falter bog dawdle flag poke hem in tether cork put a crimp in hold captive clip someone's wings shut set limits on impose limits on keep in sideline put the brakes on take out of play throw a spanner in the works throw a spoke in the wheel of make late put straitjacket on put on brakes put an stop to throw monkey wrench in retain put at a disadvantage bottle gag eliminate saddle with obviate give disadvantage take out lock up bring to a screeching halt tackle damp deny not allow to go beyond keep within the limits of narrow down place at a disadvantage finish off oppugn war put out of commission save help resolve stand disadvise chill scare cool buck forbid to head off at pass deflate squash rein conclude desist turn back battle against cut in take away deactivate muffle squelch swallow make a stand against bring to an end to cope with rule out lock out wreck depress mar govern recess put on hold refuse to pay stand still talk out of conceal push back reply beat off defend yourself retaliate put up a fight riposte tame rebuff choke back checkmate come to a standstill act like a wet blanket not move stand off peter out temper keep a lid on pull in keep under control slacken pace bite back pigeonhole dissolve deflect bulwark dodge guard enfetter gyve pinion enchain put the stopper on put paid to stamp out put the lid on clamp down on crack down on do for put a lid on lag abate parry escape mess up harsh mothball table prorogate cuff chain up clap secure shake indispose qualify procrastinate embog reef put over continue suspend proceedings respite hold in abeyance shield against duck safeguard against secure against stand up for defend oneself against keep at bay cover fend keep off guard against protect against keep at arm's length skirt round put a spoke in someone's wheel play for time put in irons put in chains clap in irons quit lay on the table call a halt take a breather take a rain check on call it a day take a rain check take a break put on the back burner come to an end put in cold storage take a recess take five break cut back back-water hit the brakes lose speed put the brakes on lose steam let down flaps cut down wind down keep waiting anchor it leave off desist from close down put a sock in pack up blow the whistle on pack in put a cork in give over protest contest dispute challenge reluct battle countervail fight against object to be hostile to rebel against contend with baulk at dig in your heels be in defiance of go against take issue with refuse to accept be in opposition to dissent with face down lock horns with take up arms against stand up to set your face against kick against be anti take a stand against speak out against take on

Verb

To reduce the strength or intensity of
mute reduce lessen decrease diminish moderate deaden dull weaken blunt check mitigate allay alleviate dampen smother soften stifle suppress ease restrain temper damp abate lower quell subdue assuage cushion lighten relieve still attenuate curtail cut depreciate depress mollify tranquillize tranquilize calm cool placate minimise minimize ebb tone down damp down de-escalate take the edge off ease off take the bite out take the sting out wind down soft-pedal make less intense put damper on put a damper on put the lid on limit cut down drop cut back slash taper shrink contract downsize decrement downscale scale down dwindle wane tail off pare down restrict slacken trim quiet soothe decline inhibit impair erode modify devaluate peter out drop off let up slow down mark down roll back bring down dial down make cutbacks in step down shorten dock subside sink sap deplete extinguish qualify palliate overcome wear away wear down prune retrench fall off dry up slack off knock down pare relax dent minify clip rein in taper off run down cut back on muffle slump fade truncate abbreviate abridge decay droop settle degenerate waste syncopate elide degrade undermine devitalize dilute quench calm down deteriorate evaporate run low crumble lose edge narrow down die down wither shrivel narrow sweeten remit slim down control downgrade modulate couch trim down whittle down cast down take down ratchet down trim back dulcify hold back phase down sate slake ration revise constrict shave lapse benumb numb round down chill drain rebate recede fall bridle restraint play down disempower make weaker mark off economize economise cauterize plummet plunge relent bate lull contain appease phase out pall cauterise defuse make reductions in retrench on salami-slice cheapen die away blur become smaller fall away die out grow less drain away become less grow smaller slow scale back take the heat off deflate tail away help pacify conciliate slow up adjust discount fix up mellow compose take sting out comfort patch things up satisfy ameliorate take the bite out of make reasonable take the sting out of propitiate undervalue peter lower in price devalue cut in price gentle dulcorate honey reconcile sugar deduct write down lower the price of undersell make cheaper put on sale cut short chop lop subtract disgrade demerit render worthless offer at a giveaway price drive down reduce the price of write off halt crop tighten up cramp break off put the brakes on get to meat put a restriction on rein back boil down put a limit on put in nutshell compromise damage dispirit crush axe disturb disrupt keep down keep to a minimum keep at a minimum ax extenuate tighten amortise make less amortize make smaller overwhelm deject subjugate dismay trouble ail break dishearten demoralize discourage oppress daunt upset squelch shake sadden enervate infringe interfere with place a limit on encroach on humble bother weary perturb abase distress defeat overpower debilitate chagrin weigh down demoralise cast a pall over bum out bear down on beat down condense summarize abstract snip synopsize precis compress epitomize summarise digest epitomise edit put in a nutshell cut off encapsulate shear remove telescope précis blue pencil detach lop off bob top pollard eliminate capsulize capsule mow chop off hack off take off whittle away sever outline summate sum nip poll inventory sum up make shorter detruncate hew excise amputate skive turn down constringe scrimp cut shorter concentrate tame hack sketch consolidate conflate abort slice get shorter excerpt take up saw stop short recap expurgate bowdlerize commute make fewer cut down on recapitulate give an abstract of give a summary of turn up take out cut out reprise brief give a precis of give an outline of give a digest of give a synopsis of get rid of do away with bowdlerise decapitate skim put down reduce greatly neaten shape demote get to the meat cut to the bone slacken off even up tidy up ream minimalize reduce punishment make a long story short shift swing play stress accent confine omit delete cream cause to fall ease up on make a outline of make a résumé of wrap up rationalize shave off file off scrape off rationalise separate roll down budget cut trim away tune down compact collapse squeeze cleave get smaller take in lose ground barber abscise remove surgically disconnect dissever part dismember fleece tonsure disengage hew off saw off shear off slice off cut away cut into a bob

Verb

To punish (in order to bring about improvement in behavior, attitude, etc)
chasten humble humiliate subdue cow squash tame abase cheapen debase deflate degrade demean discipline discredit disgrace dishonour dishonor flatten foul lower mortify restrain shame sink smirch soften afflict check repress bring down bring low take down put down cut down to size put in one's place put someone in their place take down a peg or two devalue embarrass crush belittle abash bemean denigrate cast down own take down a peg corrupt tarnish shoot down debauch smear show up disparage prostitute quash make someone eat crow pervert vitiate subvert taint chagrin deteriorate deprave warp bastardize poison discomfit lessen profane downgrade reduce canker diminish snub blot bastardise reproach tear down drag through the mud make a fool of put to shame make someone eat humble pie defame sully blemish slander stigmatize stoop demote demoralize descend blacken derogate besmear drag down demoralise defile censure stigmatise cause to lose face lower the status of run down reflect badly on bring into disrepute make ashamed bring shame to take the wind out of your sails settle someone's hash give a black eye harm stain damage break subjugate besmirch undermine disconcert expose slur injure slam pan destroy mudsling attaint libel disfavor pull down ridicule disfavour reduce the status of drag through the mire bring shame upon give a bad name put in a bad light get the better of have the last laugh on show in a bad light bring shame on blame deign condescend floor depress crawl demolish brand scandalize disconsider disoblige cast a slur spot mar control disregard deride desecrate disrespect scandalise mock brutalize spoil weaken dehumanize desensitize let down take apart dump on depreciate dehumanise decry desensitise detract brutalise betray give a bad name to tar and feather lose face minimize undervalue silence overcome upset squelch dispirit lower someone's status lower someone's dignity make uncomfortable make someone feel ashamed minimise succumb put away strike dumb take to bits take to pieces make lose face cut down pop one's balloon make eat dirt put one away sell out deny suppress discourage dismay dishearten be untrue to oneself beat down bring down a peg make one feel small cut to the quick abandon one's principles force to eat humble pie fix someone's wagon debunk dash lower oneself lower yourself debase oneself be reduced be reduced to demean oneself debase yourself punish knock down puncture balloon blister wither rip discountenance let down easy confound confuse vanquish downplay knock the stuffing out of kick in the teeth let wind out of sails get under control play down cause to feel small put out of countenance cripple debilitate devaluate vilify malign calumniate soil insult compromise disesteem cast aspersions on do a hatchet job on ruin the reputation of pooh-pooh destroy someone's credibility detract from bring into disfavour damage someone's reputation blacken someone's name bad-mouth knock asperse traduce rubbish slag off deprecate speak ill of criticize revile vilipend attack criticise slight scorn abuse dismiss discount dis bring discredit to slate condemn diss roast underrate denounce trash have a go at trivialize hit out at pour scorn on impugn fling mud at pull apart poor-mouth trash-talk cry down underestimate trivialise sling mud at write off do a number on bash talk down misprize sneer at vituperate befoul speak evil of assail muckrake blacken the name of cast a slur on blotch spread scandal about tear into scoff at make light of breathe on minify kiss off hold cheap scorch contemn pillory lambaste throw mud at rip up and down treat lightly do down rail against marginalize hammer flame rap disdain marginalise dispraise run smear campaign blacken the reputation of hurt inveigh against fulminate against laugh at offend pick holes in blast spread lies about lay into speak badly of reprehend reprobate berate pull to pieces skewer bag pummel monster sully the reputation of conduct a smear campaign against pummelled reprimand throw brickbats at sell short bring dishonour to reject tell lies about dress down laugh off damage the reputation of find fault with label drag someone's name through the mud jump on mistreat blight misrepresent characterize mark rebuke class classify understate outrage castigate wound execrate deplore excoriate taunt backbite ruin reprove demonize anathematize despise badmouth scold demonise prejudice upbraid indict villainize curse arraign characterise tease opprobriate accuse caricature burlesque fault objurgate sneer spurn skin alive mark out prosecute call down rate jeer rag reflect negatively denunciate run a smear campaign against poor mouth brush aside impeach scoff take to task write false reports about muddy the reputation of take a swipe at drag someone's name through the mire look down one's nose at cast in a bad light harm the reputation of sully someone's reputation mark wrong spread tales about drag name through mud back-bite dig cuss caluminate voodoo jinx blackguard question object disapprove discommend expostulate make little of frown lie about blacken the character of belie clamor against mistrust repudiate think little of touch darken rag on rip up look down on tar cast slur on put zingers on sling mud not go for drag through mud decrease categorize put hooks in be prejudicial to take dim view of put a whammy on withdraw knock off write down affront annoy identify describe provoke cavil at carp at aggravate animadvert disapprove of blot your copybook call categorise name soft-pedal complain snipe at hit rail come down on hold forth against tear to shreds gloss over proscribe cut rate take away from miff slap mark down take away zing subtract from do discredit to spatter chop insinuate push cap take swipe at throw stones at maltreat oppress ill-treat accuse of being irritate ignore cheat ill-use savage stamp designate tag label negatively blemish the reputation of tarnish the reputation of be a discredit to sledge charge slag maul declaim slash miscall blow off cut up slang gird skin ostracise ostracize slap in the face hit where one lives give offence to cause offence to disclaim disown discard aggrieve persecute trespass wrong be rude to cut dead treat disrespectfully become a stain of the escutcheon of become a blot of the escutcheon of call names hurt somebody's feelings lace into declaim against brush off step on one's toes throw shade do wrong to do injury to do a disservice to bad mouth do an injustice to offend against give something a bad press give some stick to animadvert on charge with scout tell someone to get lost incriminate criminate flout twit impose upon sin against cast a slur upon treat contemptuously gibe jeer at make fun of jibe at give someone the brush-off cold-shoulder cast aside look right through someone give the cold shoulder to sweep aside take advantage of do the dirty on injure the reputation of cast aspersion taint someone's name blacken someone's character stain someone's good name accuse falsely sully someone's name tarnish someone's name soil someone's name chide dig at make sport of rally be scornful about ride poke fun at disbelieve bite one's thumb at fleer at show contempt laugh to scorn boo take the mickey poke mullock at take the piss out of scout at call to account bring a charge against hold at fault bring a case against lay charges against bring someone to trial prefer charges against inculpate put on trial try have the law on tax bring charges against take to court admonish chastise lecture carpet trim score baste keelhaul lambast row jaw flay wig ream rake lesson cavil jawbone tongue-lash rail at tell off bawl out lay on slap someone's wrist give someone a mouthful call to task give someone a telling-off give someone a wigging give a rocket pull up give someone what for give comeuppance read the riot act haul over the coals give someone a dressing-down point the finger at remonstrate with rant at give the devil ream out give a talking-to give someone some stick give someone an earful chew out tick off tear off a strip give someone a row give someone a rollicking rap over the knuckles give someone a rating give someone a roasting express disapproval of pooh pooh shoot full of holes sour grapes

Verb

To give up or abstain from something
renounce cease quit discontinue stop end forgo abandon halt finish drop break desist conclude can eschew avoid forbear refuse check reject kick abjure abstain forego desist from break off give up refrain from knock off cut out lay off leave off forbear from abstain from give over keep from do without pack up call it quits lay off of pack in let up withhold from restrain oneself from kick the habit stop oneself from kick over quit cold swear off not give in to prevent oneself from go without keep off cease to indulge in shun refrain withhold keep hold back jack in decline pass stop oneself resist restrain leave alone evade fight shy of steer clear of resist the temptation to inhibit sit out pass up give a wide berth to take the cure forswear dispense with forsake arrest interrupt not touch avoid doing something have nothing to do with be temperate not do take the pledge constrain starve relinquish fence-sit fast go on the wagon buck have done with check oneself turn down stay neutral not take sides give the go by sit on one's hands belay bridle omit escape restrain yourself sacrifice decline to go easy suspend spurn repudiate skip break up get out of disavow shake call it a day shirk dodge shy from cut off pass on bring to an end give something a miss snub waive deny terminate call a halt to shut off deny oneself preclude stay away from get off bypass sidestep pull out of avert shrink from put a stop to restrain from break the habit of hold off block withdraw escape from put an end to skip out on skirt prevent leave out get around cut short bring to a halt pack it in wind up resign from hold back from stand down from ditch chuck come off give something up turn aside from endure dispense go cold turkey obstruct keep away from manage without intervene forlet close off bring to end throw in the towel stop trying bring to a close throw in the sponge put the kibosh on close determine surcease elapse dead-end sew up cut it out wink out not continue get on the wagon wrap up hang it up carve eliminate isolate exsect sever exclude marginalize extirpate extract usurp remove ignore overlook oust excise delete hinder stay away interfere with head off fend off stave off negate make up for circumvent steer clear nullify obviate ward off neutralize shake off impede counterbalance withstand help prohibit neutralise counteract anticipate elude dismiss rebuff back off from axe rein in check out from cut dead take away take out marginalise ax kibosh call it quits on surcease from disclaim disdain duck abnegate abdicate nip in the bud repulse disapprove gainsay shy disaffirm finesse scape demur reprobate miss out on say no to knock back baulk at demur at brush aside balk at renege on stay clear of turn your back on let well enough alone weasel out of have no truck with shy away from shuffle out of keep clear of not accept opt out refuse to take advantage of look down one's nose at opt out of send one's regrets shake one's head give the thumbs down give the red light

Verb

State that one refuses to admit the truth or existence of
deny contradict gainsay repudiate negate oppose refute disprove negative rebut backpedal challenge contest debunk disaffirm discredit explode nullify retract controvert counter declare untrue disallow disavow disclaim disconfirm disown dissent from invalidate quash rebuff reject confute disagree with take back ban begrudge block contravene disacknowledge disagree disbelieve doubt exclude forbid forgo prevent recant restrain revoke sacrifice shoot down spurn taboo withsay call on enjoin from hold back keep back not buy shoot down in flames shoot full of holes say no to take exception to turn thumbs down stand in the way dispute belie call into question give the lie to question confound impugn show to be false resist cross argue break drive a coach and horses through falsify oppugn fight blow out of the water expose prove false traverse prove to be false debate query fly in the face of blow sky-high prove wrong combat take issue with demolish make a nonsense of knock the bottom out of withstand object to be at odds with blow sky high buck reverse assail overturn confront overthrow contend run counter to impeach argue against tear down call in question protest against take a stand against counteract hinder thwart obstruct brush aside check repel cancel conflict with argue with parry crush defeat take on squelch defy attack cancel out silence undermine answer go against discount address bust show up fight against declare to be untrue disapprove of battle stand up to argue about blow up quibble over face down put down set aside give thumbs down to dismiss renounce forswear annul prove unsound frustrate naysay impune deceive impede balk duel vanquish subvert puncture clash with baulk weaken bring to naught knocks props out from under shut up be inconsistent with discuss ridicule dare withspeak differ be at variance with deflate discard examine moot throw out knock props out poke holes in find unfounded shoot holes in knock bottom out of put under suspicion pooh-pooh raise doubts about poke full of holes shake one's faith in cast doubt on altercate canvass bandy counterclaim destroy thumbs down say the opposite of canvas wrangle prove impossible put paid to pick holes in pettifog refuse to accept cut down to size call in contend over have bone to pick denounce defend against plead against retaliate against pick a bone dissent against pick an argument with prove to be wrong hammer away at argue the pros and cons of show to be wrong bandy words concerning quibble about wonder about put up argument differ with have an argument about agitate against convict evert top abnegate burn demur against demur about enquire come to blows with be a dissenter from rebel against test face off tackle feud with call out inquire litigate rally against remonstrate throw down accost investigate interrogate rival defend oneself against be against zap smear blast slam traduce knock zing criticize tar trash burn down dispose of reply to bar counterattack face dislike be anti criticise contend with be hostile to take struggle against mistrust gainstay turn the tables dissent speak against frown at put up a fight against neutralize set your face against stand up and be counted against protest be in defiance of assault not countenance search out disapprove neutralise speak out against take issue bombard strive against quarrel with take a stand withstay encounter be in opposition to taunt run down come down on swipe at skin alive cast doubt upon throw doubt on cast aspersions upon stick it to cut to shreds throw the book at pin on thumb nose at suspect distrust scorn unbelieve not swallow scoff at be incredulous of be unconvinced about not believe give no credence to not accept be suspicious of

Verb

Exert a modifying or controlling influence on
modulate adjust attune balance regulate harmonise harmonize moderate modify set temper tone tune vary inflect adapt alter amend change control fine-tune lessen lower reduce restrain revamp revise shift switch transmogrify tweak play down tone down transform evolve convert morph metamorphose mutate turn veer progress diverge fluctuate swing vacillate coordinate pivot digress transmute transfigure develop reconcile remodel drift refashion slip recast mold reconstitute tailor deviate diversify affect mould accommodate fix conform reconstruct pitch reform renovate rework remake redo metamorphosize edit redesign restyle remould reorganize revolutionize retool reshape fashion rearrange reorient rejig translate reorder regenerate improve readjust refine reorientate integrate proportion make over warp reconfigure remold reorganise revolutionise reshuffle rehash transpose alternate replace tamper with rejigger commute rectify interchange make adjustments to permute make alterations to redraft make innovations become different turn around calibrate differentiate autotune manage settle grow metastasize move metamorphize synchronize time swerve back change direction snap segue tighten synchronise string dial tune up pass realign transmutate transit transition flip-flop substitute swap renew overhaul rebuild transubstantiate alchemize shape upgrade customize update redevelop doctor rehabilitate permutate denature recalibrate correct refit recondition customise cook refurbish transfer turn over new leaf turn the tables turn the corner stir up change completely shift gears fix up sing different tune switch over turn upside down do up accustom acclimatize key acclimate conciliate assimilate condition familiarize accord counterbalance compensate familiarise acclimatise be in harmony with make agree grow accustomed to be in tune with become used to be in accord with freshen up tamper emendate rewrite review order remix redress shuffle arrange make different reword set right put right see to patch up mend repair organize emend make good organise align fit restore square straighten sort patch debug retread set up clean up fiddle with put in order standardize normalize jigger twiddle remedy normalise standardise cure quadrate service polish program programme rescript fettle suit tailor-make set to rights bring into line face-lift put in working order reconciliate tidy up scrub retouch put to rights put back together restore to working order touch up shape up go over compose bring together iron out make as good as new make up set straight manipulate reacclimate methodize gauge measure give a face-lift get working again make improvements to collimate gage position orient true up make consistent redecorate mesh correlate systematize groom tidy right schedule spruce up beautify modernize better ameliorate pool interrelate dovetail modernise make tidy posh up make smarter tart up smarten doll up make neater neaten spruce jazz up brighten up gussy up concert plan slot in fix a time for line up prearrange timetable diary pencil in book slate orchestrate sort out reunite quarterback conduce systematise atune relate direct reclaim help check red-pencil make right clean up your act set the record straight do over clear up get with it pay dues straighten out pick up deal with fit together get it together reset rephrase condense pacify rehab heal censor copy-edit placate appease propitiate make changes to assemble redact cut get something working annotate shorten abridge mollify approve arbitrate mitigate assuage get together on kiss and make up resolve differences between restore friendly relations between make peace between join mediate make matters up re-establish friendly relations between merge restore harmony between bring back together bury the hatchet re-establish intercede bring to terms come together bring back together again win over cool restore harmony patch things up prepare analyse trim draft finish splice publish assign strike out boil down prepare for publication draught analyze amplify check over report delete fly speck compile write over discard blue-pencil style excise feature butcher massage prescribe proofread enhance put sharpen focus troubleshoot grade make conform

Antonym of curb

curb Idiom, Proverb

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