wet blanket

wet blanket

noun
1.
a blanket dampened with water so as to extinguish a fire.
2.
a person or thing that dampens enthusiasm or enjoyment: Nobody asked him to join the group because he's such a wet blanket.

Origin:
1655–65

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wet-blanket

[wet-blang-kit]
verb (used with object)
1.
to extinguish (a fire) with a wet blanket.
2.
to dampen the enthusiasm or enjoyment of (a person, group, etc.).

Origin:
1865–70

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wet blanket
 
n
informal a person whose low spirits or lack of enthusiasm have a depressing effect on others

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Cultural Dictionary

wet blanket definition


Someone who dampens enthusiasm: “We were all having a good time until Harold walked in and started acting like a wet blanket.”

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wet blanket definition


  1. n.
    someone who ruins a good time. (In the way that a wet blanket is used to put out a fire.) : Oh, Martin! Why do you have to be such a wet blanket?
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Idioms & Phrases

wet blanket

A person who discourages enjoyment or enthusiasm, as in Don't be such a wet blanketthe carnival will be fun! This expression alludes to smothering a fire with a wet blanket. [Early 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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