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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Damper (A).
A snap before dinner, which damps or takes off the edge of appetite. “That’s a damper” also means a wet-blanket influence, a rebuff which damps or cools one’s courage.   1
   Also a large thin cake of flour and water baked in hot ashes. The mute of a stringed instrument to deaden the sound is also called a “damper.”   2

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