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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.
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.
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You will often be told that dampness in the base of the walls is rising dampness caused by a defective dampproof course or that there is no dampproof course.
Any fresh penetrating dampness doesn't have to be a disaster; if we are watchful we can catch the decay before it has a chance to develop.
Melville and Gordon look to five reasons for dampness and ask the surveyor to consider each.
If your thermal insulation cannot deal with this water, you finish up with dampness and mould.
A little dampness is not a great problem but a house that doesn't dry out because of rising damp, roof leaks or condensation, can shorten life expectancy.
You see, dampness comes from a variety of sources and just because it's on a chimney breast doesn't mean it is caused by .
What to do about it Where the DPC has failed or is missing, there are different remedies available to stop rising dampness from continuing.
Following an inspection no structural dampness was found, although there was evidence of condensation.
Titanic,'' the most expensive film ever made, soaked up a ton of good reviews and looked to make its dampness felt at Oscar time.
They have taken a set of bricks and placed them in a tray of water in a clean laboratory and can't reproduce the dampness surveyors have seen .
Dampness and cold houses impact on respiratory health and allergies.
People living in the Newcastle's West End whose health is affected by inadequate heating systems, dampness, draughts or condensation can apply for free improvement work.
In the meantime, proper ventilation will help the condensation to evaporate and eliminate the dampness.
I'D hate to count how many times I've written about dampness over the past 10 years or so.