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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 cause the flowers I just planted to damp off.
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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 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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Its season runs into late summer and will overlap with the meadowsweets, a marvellous plant for dampish ground.
Having been put into bat on a dampish pitch, Lancashire limped to 160-8 in 41.2 overs before the heavy showers arrived in the north west.
Store in cool, well-ventilated dampish rather than dry conditions, at an even temperature between 5-7 C (40 -45 F).
It prefers a dampish spot and will tolerate shade quite happily.
It's a plant for a dampish place and shade, as it tends to wilt in full sun.
But they do share the family love of a dampish soil to give of their best.
Sensational flowers in shape and colour, with intoxicating scent and good foliage, they're frost-hardy and thrive in our dampish conditions, yet they will tolerate drought as well.
It enjoys similar conditions to the violas - dampish soil in sun or part shade, so they could be quite an item together.
Phlox like a dampish soil and do very well in Scotland.
There is a small area on the northern Pacific coast where the weather resembles our own, with mild winters and cool dampish summers.