What does take the edge off mean?

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  1. To diminish the effects of (something unpleasant or severe); to dull.
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The real man gets up and pounds back a cold one to take the edge off.
She'd had enough to drink to take the edge off of her fear, but not enough to be unable to calculate.
Much of it tastes like acerbic carbonated water with a dose of sugar to take the edge off.
Apparently the painkillers had worn off and, when he couldn't find his usual source, decided to buy some crack to take the edge off.
Strictly speaking, the pudding, cut in squares, should be served with gravy before the meat, to take the edge off the appetite.
And right now, they don't have anything to take the edge off.

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