squib

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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.
See also: damp, squib

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.
See also: damp, squib

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.
See also: damp, squib

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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A double error by Nationals pitcher Blake Treinen on Ryan Hanigan's bases-loaded squibber led to the tying runs, and a grounder to short by Brock Holt drove in what turned out to be the winning run.
After a sacrifice bunt followed Healy's single, the second run was scored by Payne on Scott Heineman's squibber down the first base line.
I threw him a slow curve, and he hit a little squibber to second base.
Mike Lum followed with a squibber past the Giants' drawn-in infield, giving Atlanta the thrilling come-from-behind victory.
On the ensuing kickoff, Smith's squibber deflected off a Bartlett player and was recovered by Keenan Quintana at the Rams' 49.
Boone Logan (2-0) retired David Ortiz on a squibber down the first-base line for the final out of the 10th.
He was out in a rundown between home and third in the second inning on Jacoby Ellsbury's squibber in front of home plate.
Ellsbury fouled off an 0-2 pitch and took two balls before hitting a squibber past Garza over the mound.
David Ortiz hit a two-out double in the first but was stranded when Kevin Youkilis hit a squibber down the third-base line.
Jonathan Papelbon (4-3), pitching a third consecutive day, created a jam in the 11th by flubbing a pickup of Vidro's leadoff squibber down the first base line for a generously scored infield single.