after the Lord Mayor's show

after the Lord Mayor's show

noun An anticlimactic or disappointing end following an otherwise exciting, impressive, or entertaining display. It is used as a distinct phrase, separate from the grammar and syntax of the sentence, and taken from the full proverbial phrase "After the Lord Mayor's show comes the dust-cart" (referring to the street cleaners who follow the annual procession of the Lord Mayor of London to clean up the pageant horses' dung). Primarily heard in UK. We were expecting a great match after our brilliant win last week, but our team played so poorly that it was a bit of an after the Lord Mayor's show. After years of idolizing the singer, meeting her was somewhat of an after the Lord Mayor's show, I'm sorry to say. Yeah, the film had a lot of hype before its release, but now that I've seen it, I can say that it's an after the Lord Mayor's show.
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