party pooper

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party pooper

A person who dislikes or refuses to participate in social events, often with the result of detracting from others' enjoyment of such events. Amy is such a party pooper. She thinks our company's social functions are stupid and just stands around pouting the whole time. Don't be a party pooper, come and talk to the rest of us!
See also: party, pooper

party-pooper

n. the first person to leave a party; someone who ruins a party because of dullness or by leaving early. Don’t invite Martha. She’s such a party-pooper.
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I don't want to be a party-pooper but in the current dire economic climate, can we really afford to send teams of young athletes and council officials to the other side of the globe?
He said: "I don't want to be a party-pooper, but if people knew what suffering the wire in the lanterns could do to cows and calves if accidently eaten, then they'd think twice before buying them.
MY WEEKPunting Can't complain after Pandorama, Le Beau Bai and Eric's Charm, although it was galling to see Ninetieth Minute chinned on the line Excellent addition Jamie Moore was top drawer on Racing UK yesterday and provided a different kind of analysis - maybe the mute button won't get such a hammering any more World Cup draw Don't mean to be a party-pooper but anyone who thinks England have a chance of winning in South Africa, whoever they draw, has to be a bit deluded.
Hailey, from Glasgow, said: "I feel like a party-pooper, but I am always glad when I see the back of Christmas.
We reserve the right to edit your lettersAT THE risk of sounding like a party-pooper, I'm sick of the UEFA Cup Final already.
Birthday boy Roy Hodgson officially returns to English football today knowing there's a party-pooper ready to pop his blue-and-white balloon.