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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.
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With the Champions League looming for Liverpool on Wednesday, we want to see the starting XI before deciding, but Southampton are buzz-kill kings, and if Klopp (below) turns up any sort of half-cock, the DRAW at 3/1 looks the value 1X2 play.
With the Champions League looming on Tuesday, we want to see the Liverpool starting XI before moving a muscle, but Southampton are buzz-kill kings, and if Klopp turns up any sort of half-cock, the DRAW at 3/1 looks the value 1X2 play.
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You know how to live by the rules without being a boring buzz-kill. But beware of being so hot and cold that no one knows what to expect.