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damp squib

Someone or something that disappoints or does not meet expectations. The film got a lot of hype, but I thought it was a bit of a damp squib.
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damp off

[for seedlings] to die from too much water. All the new plants damped off, and we had to buy some from the nursery. The little seedlings damped off and withered away.
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damp something down

 
1. Lit. to make something damp. Damp the clothes down before you iron them, Please damp down the clothes first.
2. Fig. to reduce the intensity of a flame, usually by cutting down on the air supply, as with a damper. Please damp the woodstove down. Damp down the air supply or you are going to end up with a raging inferno.
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
Tulliver, too hot to be damped by any amount of tears.
In sections on vibrations systems, principles and guidelines for damping control, and the design of supplemental damping, they discuss such topics as the free and harmonic vibration of single-degree-of-freedom systems, linear proportionally damped multi-degree-of-freedom systems, principles of damper design, and nonlinear damping.
A very useful device that is almost unknown in the United States, but has long been used in Japan is the FDOM (free damped oscillation method, also called pendulum-damping).
It could be seen that resulting vibration have the form of free damped vibration, which amplitude exponentially decrease.
In reality, the spins are coupled to the atomic lattic e such that the precession is eventually damped.
Each line indicates the presence of a group of objects, known as damped Lyman-alpha absorption systems.
Freelayer Damping System--In the freelayer damping system, the damping material is placed on the structure to be damped.
Previous expression could be easily derived from corresponding differential equation of damped vibration.
The company's design utilizes a highly damped elastomer specifically formulated for the demanding requirements of helicopter main rotor damping applications.