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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
1655-1665
1655-65

wet-blanket

[wet-blang-kit] /ˈwɛtˈblæŋ kɪt/
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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British Dictionary definitions for wet-blanket

wet blanket

noun
1.
(informal) a person whose low spirits or lack of enthusiasm have a depressing effect on others
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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.
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Slang definitions & phrases for wet-blanket

wet blanket

noun phrase

A person who dampens and smothers all enthusiasm; a person who prevents fun; a pessimist; killjoy, party pooper (1879+)


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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