a damp squib

a damp squib

  (British & Australian)
an event which people think will be exciting but which is disappointing when it happens
Usage notes: A squib is a type of firework (= a small container filled with chemicals which explodes to produce bright lights and loud noises) and if it becomes wet, it will not explode.
The party turned out to be a bit of a damp squib. Half the people who'd been invited didn't turn up.
See also: damp, squib
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7C at Heathrow, much of the rest of the month was a damp squib.
Paid a squillion to enter the house, KP (above) has proved something of a damp squib but that shouldn't surprise you - have you ever witnessed a dry squib?
AFTER Black Friday, Cyber Monday and panic Saturday, the poor old Boxing Day sales are a bit of a damp squib.
The keenly anticipated meeting with Russell Brand on BBC Question Time turned out to be a damp squib because, despite ranting on and reading from notes, Russell Brand had nothing constructive to say.
Overall, I just think Clubcall has proved to be a bit of a damp squib.
What we need now is some jobs and money to spend because without money in their pockets, the brand new city spectacular will be a bit of a damp squib for many of Birmingham's citizens who wont be able to afford to use it.
So with the pockets looking ideal for breakbuilding it will be disappointing if the match proves to be a damp squib.
NORTHERN Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has set his players the unenviable task of ensuring Cristiano Ronaldo's big day proves a damp squib at the Dragao Stadium.
QUETTA -- Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh's keenly-awaited return after battling cancer ended with a damp squib as the first Twenty20 game against New Zealand was washed out on Saturday.
As a fundraiser for the two cash-strapped clubs it turned out to be a damp squib, the Quakers giving a trial to Newcastle United youngster Ryan McGorrigan.
I just hope it will be organised to make it a bit more interesting than year of the environment, which seemed to be a bit of a damp squib.
But his 31st birthday bash a few hours later ended like a damp squib.
Southport were having a torrid time and seconds before the break they had Chris Lane sent off for violent conduct, but the second half turned out to be a damp squib, despite Crawley's one man advantage.
A LENGTHY wait after the Bells threatened to turn the party into something of a damp squib, as a restless crowd contemplated cutting their night short.
A TOP-LEVEL meeting called by the government to debate the future of Midlands manufacturing looked like becoming a damp squib - even before it had happened.