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damp squib

noun British Informal.
  1. something meant but failing to impress or succeed.
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Origin of damp squib

First recorded in 1965–70
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Historical Examples of damp squib

  • It must be owned that they were decidedly daring, yet in the nature of damp-squib affairs, as it turned out.

    The Illustrated War News, Number 21, Dec. 30, 1914