Idiom:  make a dent in something

Definition

Idiom:  make a dent in something

  • to make some progress in something
  • to make progress towards finishing or completing something


Example sentences

  • I have to read a 653-page book for English and after reading for three hours, I hardly made a dent in it.
  • This salad is huge—I've hardly made a dent in it and I'm already full.
  • I wish I could go out tonight but I need to make a dent in my laundry and ironing, otherwise I'll have to do it all weekend.
  • Let's try to hire a temporary employee to help us make a dent in the filing that's piling up. 
  • Don't even bother trying to shovel the snow. It's coming down so hard you won't be able to make a dent in it. I've noticed that I really do eat too fast. 
  • At lunch, I had completely finished the meal before anybody made a dent in their own.
  • I could work all day answering client email and still not make a dent in my inbox.  If they don't hire an assistant soon I'm going to quit. 
  • It feels great to make a dent in my decluttering project at my house.


Synonyms

  • make headway
  • make strides


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