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skeleton at the feast

One whose pessimistic outlook or behavior dampens the mood at a happy event. Don't invite Chris to your engagement party—he's always so gloomy and will just be a skeleton at the feast.
See also: feast, skeleton
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The Light in the Ruins | CHRIS BOHJALIAN: In novels such as Midwives (1997) and Skeletons at the Feast (*** July/Aug 2008), Bohjalian crafts compelling narratives around big, morally ambiguous issues.
Secrets of Eden | CHRIS BOHJALIAN: Bohjalian's Midwives was an Oprah Book Club Selection, and his more recent Before You Know Kindness (*** SELECTION Jan/Feb 2005) and Skeletons at the Feast (*** July/Aug 2008) were also well received.
I was happy to see your article by Jessica Teisch on Chris Bohjalian, but you did not give Skeletons at the Feast (***) the rating it deserves
Skeletons at the Feast | CHRIS BOHJALIAN: Inspired by an actual World War II diary.