wet blanket

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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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