wet blanket


Definition of wet blanket

: one that quenches or dampens enthusiasm or pleasure

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Examples of wet blanket in a Sentence

I'd love to go to the party, but with my cold, I'm afraid I'd just be a wet blanket.

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With the internet now a dominant social force, Tenner is ready with his wet blanket. Gal Beckerman, New York Times, "What Silicon Valley Could Use More Of: Inefficiency," 4 June 2018 The Swedes’ approach to this match threw a wet blanket over whatever possibility the occasion might have otherwise presented. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "England Takes Another Step Toward Bringing ‘It’ Home," 8 July 2018 Gregg Hutson’s shady backyard would be a wet blanket for most gardeners. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, "Don’t Forget to Water the Logs: Mushrooms Are in for Home Gardens," 11 June 2018 The humidity was oppressive, the gray a wet blanket. Jenny Rough, Washington Post, "Where you live has a bigger impact on happiness and health than you might imagine," 14 May 2018 The humidity was oppressive, the gray a wet blanket. Jenny Rough, chicagotribune.com, "Where you live has a big impact on happiness and health," 14 May 2018 Ariana Grande, Unfinished Business deluxe edition bonus track, 2016) On their second musical collaboration, Ariana and her ex-boyfriend, Nathan Sykes of The Wanted fame, deliver a wet blanket of a piano duet where every line is a different cliché. Richard S. He, Billboard, "Every Ariana Grande Song, Ranked," 27 Apr. 2018 In the shade of the trees, the air felt like a wet blanket, and mosquitoes homed in on open flesh. Vanessa Gregory, New York Times, "A Lynching’s Long Shadow," 25 Apr. 2018 With the help of a friend, Stauffer used the wet blanket to cover the animal and a broom to stop it from getting away. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Watch how a Florida man frees an alligator caught in a plastic ring," 24 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of wet blanket

1844, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wet blanket was in 1844

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English Language Learners Definition of wet blanket

informal : a person who makes it difficult for other people to enjoy themselves by complaining, by showing no enthusiasm, etc.

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an act or instance of returning to life

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