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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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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.
See also: damp, squib

squib

(skʍɪb)
n. a notice; a small advertisement. There was a squib in the paper about your project.
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Ms Medcalf, of York University, said: "It seems plausible that old Yorkshire terms form part of the source of squibs, the Wiggentree and the niffler."
"I'd just ask all the people of Dudley to stay away so it becomes a damp squib."
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While Morgentaler himself undeniably has his ghoulish acolytes, as charismatic figureheads go, he's a pretty damp squib, lacking both charm and eloquence, and given to blurting poisonous, insupportable, and self-promoting bromides about how much his work as a foetus liquidator has driven down crime rates in contemporary Canadian society.
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Welsh football's rumour mill has switched into overdrive following Mark Hughes' damp squib of a last hurrah at the Millennium Stadium on Wednesday night.
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Over a third of business advisers who voted Labour in 1997 plan to switch allegiance to the Tories, with almost 30 per cent describing Labour's term in office as "a damp squib".
Likewise, buildings such as 9 West 57th Street, a/k/a the Solow Building, where Avon is vacating; 345 Park Avenue, where Bristol-Myer Squib has a 250,000 square-foot long-term sub-lease on the market; and 55 East 52nd Street, a/k/a Park Avenue Plaza (where First Boston is vacating) will probably have a tremendous surge of activity and not go begging for tenants (unless of course they are priced improperly).
THE launch of the all-new BBC Scotland channel was a bit of a damp squib. Lots of people trying to crack jokes in a language I could barely understand.
Paid a squillion to enter the house, KP (above) has proved something of a damp squib but that shouldn't surprise you - have you ever witnessed a dry squib?