A disappointment; a blighted hope: That was a little bit of a damp rag (1940s+)
She did not even do that for herself, for she left me the bit of damp rag to chew.
This was what the damp rag had contained, these two sodden maimed limbs of a human being.
It is then removed from the bath, washed under a tap, carefully wiped with a damp rag, and dried with gentle heat.
A damp rag is then handed to each, and at the signal to go they are to run to and rub off the chalk mark on the floor.
This is done by wiping with a damp rag until it is clear, finishing with a dry one.