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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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Squib, used by JK Rowling for magicborn people who cannot use magic, was a term for a firework.
When the shelf life or service life of the squibs expire, don't discard them after removal.
A squib is a round that lodges in the barrel because the cartridge did not have enough, or any, gunpowder.
Laurie more or less groomed him, and afterwards, when Squibs was number one for me, he took Charlie Swan, who was an apprentice here at the time, under his wing."
I long for the good old days when Christmas lasted a week, Easter and New Year a day each and November 5 meant a sparkler, a couple of squibs and a dud rocket at most.
There was also success for another Conway yacht Smokehaze (Roy Yates) in the Keelboat fleet Greenfly in the Squibs and Elin in the Fifes were newwinners Asuccessful Festival ends today with the Royal Anglesey Yacht Club Regatta at Beaumaris, starting at 11am.
IN a world of damp squibs, let's hear it for the Hamilton South Labour MP Bill Tynan whose Private Member's Bill - which has just gone through the Commons - will curb irresponsible sale of fireworks.
They saw the squibs bursting from the blazing roof of the Edinburgh Card and Gift Centre warehouse in Leith.
title issue and European slots were settled, and with Real Betis, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla long since doomed to `La Segunda', the planners have come up with the most waterlogged of damp squibs.
Eddie Davies after a run of third places in Thistle stepped up the pace in the Squibs to take the winning gun whilst the Offshore fleet was headed by the Conway based Hustler 32 Smokehaze owned by Roy Yates.
Eddie Davies in the Squibs, Chris Kay in the Mylnes and Roger Glover in the Hilbres each won for the second day running.
Blue Peter (Peter Read) was a new winner in the Squibs.
Brian Mather in Con Brio did stay clear in the Squibs and Scottie won again in the Menai One Designs.
The Etchells, Mylnes and Squibs trophies were handed out at a prize-giving dinner with Sally Collings taking overall award in the Mylnes and the Etchells prize went to the Barry Williams and Ray Huntington.
The classes to go the full distance in the sunshine were the Cruisers, Falcons, Squibs, Seabirds, Operas and Handicap Dinghies and helms to win for the first time here included John Richards in the Seabird Valmai who claimed the Geoff Jones Memorial Trophy and Steve Stratton in the Handicap Dinghies aboard Misdemeanour.