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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.
See also: damp, squib

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.
See also: damp, down

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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NOT only did Master Of Hounds disappoint at a rain-lashed Belmont Park on Saturday, but well-fancied stablemate Viscount Nelson proved the dampest of squibs in the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap, writes Nicholas Godfrey.
SOGGY Highlanders had their dampest July in more than half a century.
Not only had I chosen to make my first trip to the Fair City during the dampest November it had seen since 1866, but a miserable pall was hanging over the entire country.
Saturday afternoons amongst the sweat, blood and mud of amateur football's darkest, dampest changing rooms.
May was the fourth dampest on record, said World Wildlife Fund Scotland.
Yet an entirely false one as Everton found themselves immersed in the dampest of damp squibs once the main event began.
Stephen Burke, head of charity United for All Ages, called it "the dampest of damp squibs".
But it needed something more spectacular than England's second-string attack could muster to stop this Test turning into the dampest of squibs.
They were usually much prettier than us for a start with their glossy dark hair, thick-lashed brown eyes and ability to get a tan in even the dampest Rhondda summer.
The central defensive pairing of Andy Pearce and Chris Greenman did have a few rocky moments against we of the dampest attacks around and it took a couple of desperate saves from Steve Ogrizovic to keep the score down to a single goal but his frantic afternoon was in direct contrast to his opposite number Bruce Grobbelaar.
The formula uses Australian Blue Gum leaves extract to help control static and frizz and adds softness so your hair stays just where you put it even on the dampest days.
In the depths of deepest, darkest and dampest November, I found a place where the hubbub of daily life continues apace, where cafes and restaurants are open, where pubs are busy and top class accommodation is easy to find - and at a fraction of the price you will pay in the height of the school summer holidays.