wetblanket

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 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
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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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