go down like a lead balloon

Definition of go down like a lead balloon

British, of a joke, suggestion, etc.

  1. :  to fail completely He told a joke about his mother-in-law and it went down like a lead balloon.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to move on a course :  proceed — compare stop

    :  to move out of or away from a place expressed or implied :  leave, depart

    :  to take a certain course or follow a certain procedure

  1. :  the act or manner of going

    :  the height of fashion :  rage

    :  an often unexpected turn of affairs :  occurrence

  1. :  functioning properly :  being in good and ready condition

  1. :  a game played between two players who alternately place black and white stones on a board checkered by 19 vertical lines and 19 horizontal lines in an attempt to enclose the larger area on the board

downplay
  1. :  toward or in a lower physical position

    :  to a lying or sitting position

    :  toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom

  1. :  down (see 1down) along, around, through, toward, in, into, or on

  1. :  to cause to go or come down (see 1down) : such as

    :  to cause to fall by or as if by shooting :  bring down

    :  consume

  1. :  occupying a low position

    :  lying on the ground

    :  directed or going downward

  1. :  descent, depression

    :  an instance of putting down someone (such as an opponent in wrestling)

    :  a complete play to advance the ball

  1. :  an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

    :  a sheep of any breed originating in the downs of southern England

  1. :  a covering of soft fluffy feathers

    :  these feathers

    :  something soft and fluffy like down

leadplay
  1. :  to guide on a way especially by going in advance

    :  to direct on a course or in a direction

    :  to serve as a channel for

  1. :  leadership

    :  example, precedent

    :  position at the front :  vanguard

  1. :  acting or serving as a lead (see 2lead) or leader

  1. :  a plummet for sounding at sea

    :  a usually flat lead roof

    :  lead framing for panes in windows

  1. :  to cover, line, or weight with lead (see 4lead)

    :  to fix (window glass) in position with leads

    :  to put space between the lines of (typeset matter)

balloonplay
  1. :  a nonporous bag of light material that can be inflated especially with air or gas: such as

    :  a bag that is filled with heated air or a gas lighter than air so as to rise and float in the atmosphere and that usually carries a suspended load (such as a gondola with passengers)

    :  an inflatable bag (as of rubber or plastic) usually used as a toy or for decoration

  1. :  relating to, resembling, or suggesting a balloon

    :  having or being a final installment that is much larger than preceding ones in a term or installment note

  1. :  to swell or puff out :  expand

    :  to ascend or travel in or as if in a balloon

    :  to increase rapidly


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