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Difference between Give someone a hot wash and Throw cold water on someone

give someone a hot wash—(U.S. military) said of a performance review, particularly after a training exercise or combat operation:

  • Troops are often given a “hot wash,” or a critique of what they did and how they did it.

throw cold water on someone—(also: pour cold water on someone) discourage a person; curb smb.’s enthusiasm:

  • People will go tremendous lengths to help you, but will throw cold water on you the instant you take them for granted.