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go down like a lead balloon

To be an utter failure and/or something that causes displeasure. A: "How do you think everyone will react to the lack of bonuses this year?" B: "Oh, that news will go down like a lead balloon!"
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go down like a lead balloon

If something goes down like a lead balloon, people do not like it at all. Note: Lead is a very heavy metal. A senior source said the memo had gone down like a lead balloon. His transfer from Brentford football club went down like a lead balloon with fans. Note: You can call something that is unsuccessful or unpopular a a lead balloon. Truman knew that this cause was a lead balloon at the UN.
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go down (or over) like a lead balloon

(especially of a speech, proposal, or joke) fail; be a flop. informal
1996 Prospect Simon Jenkins's book, Accountable to None , has gone down like a lead balloon with most Conservative reviewers.
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go ˌdown like a lead balˈloon

(informal) be very unsuccessful; not be accepted by people: As you can imagine, the new proposals went down like a lead balloon, so we’ll have to think again. OPPOSITE: go down a bomb
Lead is a heavy soft grey metal (symbol = Pb).
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