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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.
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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 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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From a policy perspective, regardless of current limitations on our ability to define, measure, or characterize "dampness," there should be an open acknowledgement that dampness is not good in buildings, either for the building or for the occupants.
All of these behaviors can increase the humidity and dampness in a home," he said to CNS.
If in the summer, the dampness may be caused by the lack of ventilation in the closets during the high-humidity times you have identified.
The expert quoted by Mehr said, "Another reason for dampness in the foundation is that pebbles have been spread over the platform so visitors do not walk in the mud during the winter.
3 to 10 years with exposure to molds or dampness in their bedroom more than one year before the study, vitamin C increased the FEV1 level by only 21 percent.
Despite a well-established association between building dampness and a variety of symptoms, the actual causative agents are not known.
Independent of individual and housing characteristics, dampness and mold were found to be associated with depression.
Meanwhile, MBA cited "significant progress" by standards organizations such as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in its efforts to create the beginnings of a common vocabulary and method for evaluating risks associated with mold and dampness.
Two studies to be published in the Indoor Air journal have quantified the considerable public health risks and economic consequences in the United States from building dampness and mold.
However, while a cat will seek shelter in the rain, a little dampness does no harm because the top layer of fur is waterrepellent.
Dafydd Jones, prosecuting for Gwynedd council, said that neighbours who lived in Bodwyn had complained since 2000 about the dampness and water penetration into their property.
A If you have general dampness most of the year, your home probably sits in poor-draining soil (clay), which is damp most of the time.
None of the participants could correctly distinguish that mosquito bites and poor diet do not trigger attacks, while dampness and cockroaches do.
The whole house floats over a raised base built in situ, providing a layer of insulation below and thus preventing dampness.
39 - the conductor elicited well-articulated, admirably poised playing from the players, though their instruments did occasionally suffer from the outdoor dampness.