damp squib


damp squib
a) A firework that fails to go off, due to wetting.
b) Anything that doesn’t work properly, or fails to come up to expectations.

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  • damp squib — (UK) If something is expected to have a great effect or impact but doesn t, it is a damp squib …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • damp squib — ► NOUN Brit. ▪ something that turns out to be much less impressive than expected …   English terms dictionary

  • damp squib — Brit. Informal. something meant but failing to impress or succeed. [1965 70] * * * damp squib noun Something that fails to go off with the expected bang (lit and figurative) • • • Main Entry: ↑damp damp squib see under ↑damp • • • Main Entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • damp squib — UK / US noun [countable, usually singular] Word forms damp squib : singular damp squib plural damp squibs British informal an event that is far less impressive or exciting than you expected it to be …   English dictionary

  • Damp squib — someone who does not think too well, a bit of a dub (squib is a small firecracker, a damp squib is one that doesn t go off); 2. (racing) horse or dog that starts well but finishes terribly …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • damp squib — Australian Slang someone who does not think too well, a bit of a dub (squib is a small firecracker, a damp squib is one that doesn t go off); 2. (racing) horse or dog that starts well but finishes terribly …   English dialects glossary

  • Damp squib —   (UK)   If something is expected to have a great effect or impact but doesn t, it is a damp squib …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • damp squib — /dæmp ˈskwɪb/ (say damp skwib) noun → squib (def. 5) …   Australian English dictionary

  • damp squib — (UK)    somethng s expected to have a great effect or mpact but doesn t, s a damp squb.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • damp squib — Brit. Informal. something meant but failing to impress or succeed. [1965 70] * * * …   Universalium