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

wet blanket

a blanket dampened with water so as to extinguish a fire.
a person or thing that dampens enthusiasm or enjoyment:
Nobody asked him to join the group because he's such a wet blanket.
1655-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for wet-blanket
Historical Examples
  • As somebody had quickly said, sharpening his young wit, he was more of a wet-blanket than a Mackintosh.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie
  • But I should be a wet-blanket altogether, and, moreover, I could not stand the Tutissimus.

    Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
  • The average clergyman, I am afraid, is regarded in these days as something of a bore, a wet-blanket even at tea-parties.

    Painted Windows Harold Begbie
  • Will you be kind enough Mizzi, to tell me why you surround me with the wet-blanket of your wrath?

    The Gay Adventure Richard Bird
British Dictionary definitions for wet-blanket

wet blanket

(informal) a person whose low spirits or lack of enthusiasm have a depressing effect on others
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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wet-blanket in Culture

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.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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Slang definitions & phrases for wet-blanket



A Mexican who enters the US illegally, esp as a migratory worker •The term may be generalizing to include all illegal immigrants: An American's as good as a wetback, who is a Mexican whom we don't know how he got here

[1929+; fr the fact that they get their backs wet in wading across the Rio Grande; the terms wet pony, wet cow, etc, were used earlier for animals brought illegally across the border]

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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Idioms and Phrases with wet-blanket

wet blanket

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