buzzkill

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buzzkill

Someone or something that makes people less happy, excited, or enthusiastic about some event or thing. Primarily heard in US. I was so excited to see the concert, but all the technical problems with the lights and sound were such buzzkills. I'm sorry to be a buzzkill, everyone, but we've received a number of complaints from neighbors about the noise, so we'll have to turn down the music.
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a buzz kill

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If a person or something that happens is a buzz kill, they spoil an event by making people less happy and excited. Sorry I've been a buzz kill tonight. They discovered his money had been stolen. Talk about a buzz kill.
See also: buzz, kill
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buzzkill

n. someone or something that ruins enjoyment or pleasure; someone or something that ruins a buzz sense 4 Oh, Willy! You’re such a buzzkill!
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Nothing quite brings you down to earth from the night before like a hangover, it can be one of the biggest buzz kills after any celebration.
I doubt these ladies meant to be buzz kills. Had they thought a moment before squashing our hopes, the sunglasses salesperson would have realized rubbing our faces in a missed opportunity was unlikely to result in a full-price sale, and the flight attendant would have known that telling a hormonal 11-year-old to wait longer would make things worse.
When I hear the term buzz kill, I think of the last song at high school dances.
One recent weekend, I was a buzz kill victim twice.
Buzz Kill 1: My husband, who finds it nearly impossible to spend money on himself, has coveted Maui Jim sunglasses for five years.
Buzz Kill 2: Flying home on a small plane, I sat next to my 11-year-old.
Here's how they--and more important, you--can avoid being a buzz kill: Before you speak, take a nanosecond and ask yourself, "is what I'm about to say going to help or hurt the situation?"