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Idioms & Slang 英语习惯
    2017-September-26  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

Damp squib

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A: How was Mary’s birthday party?

B: The party turned out to be a bit of a damp squib. Half the people who’d been invited didn’t turn up.

Note: An idiom used in the United Kingdom and Australia, a “damp squib” refers to something that people think will be exciting but turns out disappointing when it happens. A squib is a piece of small firecracker or dynamite tube. If you’ve played with firecrackers during festivals, you will have no problem understanding what a damp squib is and how it feels. A damp squib either fails to ignite at all or lets out a feeble fizz or a faint and dying “purr.” This piece of failed firecracker is a dud, also called a “damp squib,” metaphorically a disappointment, a damper of hopes and excitement.

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