damp squib

Definition of damp squib

British

  1. :  something that is disappointing because it is not as exciting or effective as expected The company's stock turned out to be something of a damp squib.

Word by Word Definitions

dampplay
  1. :  a noxious gas — compare black damp, firedamp

    :  moisture:

    :  humidity, dampness

  1. :  to affect with or as if with a noxious gas :  choke

    :  to diminish the activity or intensity of

    :  to check the vibration or oscillation of (as a string or voltage)

  1. :  being confused, bewildered, or shocked :  stupefied

    :  depressed, dull

    :  slightly or moderately wet :  moist

squibplay
  1. :  a short humorous or satiric writing or speech

    :  a short news item

    :  filler

  1. :  to speak, write, or publish squibs

    :  to fire a squib

    :  to utter in an offhand manner


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