damp squib

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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a damp squib

mainly BRITISH
COMMON A damp squib is something which is much less impressive or exciting than it was expected to be. As a rebellion, it was something of a damp squib. The whole campaign turned out to be a damp squib. Note: A squib is a small firework. A damp squib would not go off properly, and so it would be a disappointment.
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a damp squib

an unsuccessful attempt to impress; an anticlimax.
This expression stems from the idea that a squib, a type of small firework, will not have the desired explosive effect if it is damp.
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a damp ˈsquib

(British English, informal) an event, experience, etc. that is expected to be interesting or exciting, but is in fact boring or ordinary: In the end, the party turned out to be rather a damp squib.
A squib is a type of small firework. If it is damp, it will not burn properly.
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In the event Boyd's World Cup was a damp squib. He got into trouble initially with team officials for not wearing a sponsor's T- shirt and then he played a total 55 minutes as a substitute in all three matches.
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Summary: London [United Kingdom], Aug 13 (ANI): The much talked about Referendum 2020, designed and conceived by Pakistan, turned out to be a damp squib as it failed to draw an anti-India support.
nibble 'no scorer' at 30/1 (188bet), and cheer for a damp squib.
"It was a damp squib, proposing that Europeans obtain the status of 'third-country nationals' in the UK, with fewer rights than British citizens are offered throughout the EU."
After a roaring start to July, with its hottest ever day on July 1 of 36.7C at Heathrow, much of the rest of the month was a damp squib.
This does not stop Scottish MPs, like Gordon Brown, and the SNP objecting to the Tory damp squib English votes for English laws.
And after it was agreed by the council's Cabinet today , it will now go to the full council on February 12 - despite one councillor, Steve Kay, calling it a "total damp squib."
AFTER Black Friday, Cyber Monday and panic Saturday, the poor old Boxing Day sales are a bit of a damp squib.
The keenly anticipated meeting with Russell Brand on BBC Question Time turned out to be a damp squib because, despite ranting on and reading from notes, Russell Brand had nothing constructive to say.