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damp squib

noun, British Informal.
something meant but failing to impress or succeed.
Origin of damp squib
1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for damp squib
  • Many of the guests on the impressive list were unable to attend the rearranged service, which was something of a damp squib.
  • Perhaps the bride and groom's turn was the damp squib where none was needed.
  • In the event, however, the protest was a damp squib.
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damp squib


Something anticlimactic; something that fails to come to a conclusion; a fiasco: his attempt at painting the house is something of a damp squib (1845+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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