damp squib

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noun British Informal.

something meant but failing to impress or succeed.

Nearby words

  1. damon,
  2. damon and pythias,
  3. damp,
  4. damp box,
  5. damp off,
  6. damp-dry,
  7. damp-mop,
  8. damp-proof,
  9. dampcourse,
  10. dampen

Origin of damp squib

First recorded in 1965–70

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