Let's say, we create a smoothie and some ingredients are much stronger than others and they literally beat out the taste/smell of the other ingredients.

a. We can't add durian because it will _______ the other flavours
b. Nobody can smell the apricot because it is _______ by the other fruits

Is there a specific word or slang expression for it?

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    Mask, dominate, overpower, overwhelm, override? If you're looking for a specific word, you need to be more exact. – Jason Bassford Oct 29 '18 at 7:13
  • @JasonBassford thank you, yes, correct that words are very close, and actually what I was looking for, but perhaps there is a slang that refers to smell of products only – Dmitry Dyachkov Oct 29 '18 at 7:16
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    You'll probably find that Jason's word "mask" is very fitting for this usage. The first dictionary example sentence I found for it was "spices that mask the strong flavor of the meat". An internet search for such a thing will probably show you that mask is very common for what you mean. For example masking a scent. But maybe there is a more specific word, not sure. – Zebrafish Oct 29 '18 at 7:44
  • No one, including the OP has consulted a dictionary as yet, though. Let alone use cases. – Kris Oct 29 '18 at 9:02
  • +1 Good question. However, no prior homework is shown. Voting to close on that account alone. – Kris Oct 29 '18 at 9:04



Use in high concentrations causes the syrup flavour to dominate other flavours. Syrup tends to mask delicate flavours such as vanilla.

Reference, example found in Google Books: 'The Complete Technology Book on Flavoured Ice Cream' ASIA PACIFIC BUSINESS PRESS Inc., Jan 1, 2006

Credit goes to Jason Bassford in the comments

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  • Ups, my bad! I didn't read previous comments very carefully – mpasko256 Oct 30 '18 at 12:32
  • Fixed the edit, otherwise I can't delete my comment underneath, and frankly it's not important to say "edit", everything is recorded in the time stamp. By all means, please edit and say the title of the book where you found the excerpt, so my username disappears. You could place mask in bold, to add emphasis – Mari-Lou A Oct 30 '18 at 12:38

to disguise TFD

b. To make indistinct or difficult to perceive

As in:

... disguised the bad taste of the medicine with lemon syrup.

and your example

We can't add durian because it will disguise the other flavours.

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