damp squib

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of damp squib

British
: 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

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

  2. : moisture:

  3. : humidity, dampness

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

  2. : to diminish the activity or intensity of

  3. : to check the vibration or oscillation of (something, such as a string or a voltage)

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

  2. : depressed, dull

  3. : slightly or moderately wet : moist

squib play
  1. : a short humorous or satiric writing or speech

  2. : a short news item

  3. : a small firecracker

  1. : to speak, write, or publish squibs

  2. : to fire a squib

  3. : to utter in an offhand manner


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