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wet blanket

1

noun

  1. a blanket dampened with water so as to extinguish a fire.
  2. a person or thing that dampens enthusiasm or enjoyment:

    Nobody asked him to join the group because he's such a wet blanket.



wet-blanket

2

[ wet-blang-kit ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to extinguish (a fire) with a wet blanket.
  2. to dampen the enthusiasm or enjoyment of (a person, group, etc.).

wet blanket

noun

  1. informal.
    a person whose low spirits or lack of enthusiasm have a depressing effect on others


wet blanket

  1. Someone who dampens enthusiasm: “We were all having a good time until Harold walked in and started acting like a wet blanket.”


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Word History and Origins

Origin of wet blanket1

First recorded in 1655–65

Origin of wet blanket2

First recorded in 1865–70
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Idioms and Phrases

A person who discourages enjoyment or enthusiasm, as in Don't be such a wet blanket—the carnival will be fun! This expression alludes to smothering a fire with a wet blanket. [Early 1800s]
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Example Sentences

I lay out my worries here not as a wet blanket, but because I am a worrier.

From Vox

Have you noticed there are some people who would love to put a big wet blanket on all of this?

If anything, the idea of Kristen Stewart, expert wet blanket, only got even damper.

She was an iceberg,—a beautiful kill-joy,—a wet blanket of charming texture.

But that was perhaps unnecessary; and we shall not throw a “wet blanket” upon the matter by further alluding to it.

A wet blanket of so terrible a size was in itself pernicious to the Cabinet, and heartrending to the poor Duke.

So I gave him one end of a wet blanket which I was carrying, and I grabbed hold of the other end.

How much potential goodness and greatness would become actual but for the wet blanket of sullen silence!

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Definitions and idiom definitions from Dictionary.com Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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