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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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damp down

1. To moisten something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "damp" and "down." I have to damp down my hair before combing it, or else it just sticks straight up.
2. To make a fire or flame less intense. A noun or pronoun can be used between "damp" and "down." The room's getting too hot now, so damp down the fire.
See also: damp, down

damp off

To die after overexposure to water. Typically used in reference to plants and seeds. I'm worried that days of torrential rain will damp off the flowers I just planted.
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damp off

[for seedlings] to die from too much water. All the new plants damped off, and we had to buy some from the nursery. The little seedlings damped off and withered away.
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damp something down

1. Lit. to make something damp. Damp the clothes down before you iron them, Please damp down the clothes first.
2. Fig. to reduce the intensity of a flame, usually by cutting down on the air supply, as with a damper. Please damp the woodstove down. Damp down the air supply or you are going to end up with a raging inferno.
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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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NOT only did Master Of Hounds disappoint at a rain-lashed Belmont Park on Saturday, but well-fancied stablemate Viscount Nelson proved the dampest of squibs in the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap, writes Nicholas Godfrey.
SOGGY Highlanders had their dampest July in more than half a century.
Not only had I chosen to make my first trip to the Fair City during the dampest November it had seen since 1866, but a miserable pall was hanging over the entire country.
Saturday afternoons amongst the sweat, blood and mud of amateur football's darkest, dampest changing rooms.
May was the fourth dampest on record, said World Wildlife Fund Scotland.
Yet an entirely false one as Everton found themselves immersed in the dampest of damp squibs once the main event began.
Stephen Burke, head of charity United for All Ages, called it "the dampest of damp squibs".
But it needed something more spectacular than England's second-string attack could muster to stop this Test turning into the dampest of squibs.
They were usually much prettier than us for a start with their glossy dark hair, thick-lashed brown eyes and ability to get a tan in even the dampest Rhondda summer.
The central defensive pairing of Andy Pearce and Chris Greenman did have a few rocky moments against we of the dampest attacks around and it took a couple of desperate saves from Steve Ogrizovic to keep the score down to a single goal but his frantic afternoon was in direct contrast to his opposite number Bruce Grobbelaar.
The formula uses Australian Blue Gum leaves extract to help control static and frizz and adds softness so your hair stays just where you put it even on the dampest days.
In the depths of deepest, darkest and dampest November, I found a place where the hubbub of daily life continues apace, where cafes and restaurants are open, where pubs are busy and top class accommodation is easy to find - and at a fraction of the price you will pay in the height of the school summer holidays.