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lead balloon

noun phrase

unwelcome situation; a failure or unsuccessful situation


His suggestion to stay put went over like a lead balloon.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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lead balloon

noun phrase

A dismal failure; flop: His run for office was a lead balloon (1940s+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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