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lead balloon

An utter failure and/or something that causes displeasure. Often heard in the phrase "go over like a lead balloon." A: "How do you think everyone will react to the lack of bonuses this year?" B: "Oh, that news will go over like a lead balloon!" I thought I'd finally had a breakthrough with my latest invention, but it turned out to be a lead balloon, like all the others.
See also: balloon, lead
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TUESDAY Lead Balloon BBC2, 10pm Jack Dee returns as failed stand-up and serial liar Rick Spleen in a new, fourth series of the sitcom.
Nothing to do with a certain book then, which has gone down like a lead balloon with Labour members?
FILMING the Christmas special of Lead Balloon felt strange to Rasmus Hardiker - in the middle of June.
Producers say the policy change has gone over like a lead balloon at other studios and assert that such terms will effectively prevent them from ever getting their projects made.
Respect for flags caught out Robert Wiseman Dairies, whose World Cup limited edition milk cartons, featuring pictures of flags from around the world, went down like a lead balloon with Muslim retailers and shoppers.
Today's news has gone over like a lead balloon and appears ready to apply further drag to WMT.
But the move has gone down like a lead balloon, and could be dropped following a consultation exercise that lasts until the end of this month.
We did some running in his first day of training, which went down like a lead balloon.
Again I know this opinion will go down like a lead balloon with younger NUFC supporters.
The UKIP leader's attack on HIV victims was vile and went down like a lead balloon in the studio.
Clearly it doesn't as his poll rating that day was MINUS 44 per cent and his speech, with all his ramblings about the "dark forces" out to get him (it's your own party, Ed), went down like a lead balloon.
No wonder the unemployment figures are dropping like a lead balloon.
When someone joked that she could always go to her works Halloween party as an orangutan it went down like a lead balloon, to which the smart ass added: "Oh lighten up, will you.
sitcom Lead Balloon and 2009's turn on Celebrity Apprentice in which he suffered the indignity of having to stand in Lord Sugar's boardroom due to lack of adequate seating, quipping: "Your Lordship, if you're in a firing mood, can I suggest the person who counts the chairs?
For the last six years, the deadpan stand-up has been starring in Lead Balloon - a series coincidentally about a miserable comic.