wet blanket


Definition of wet blanket

: one that quenches or dampens enthusiasm or pleasure

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Frank Mariani, my business partner and personal wet blanket. Matt Brennan, Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2022 The rising prices have been a wet blanket on an otherwise robust economy over the last year, as unemployment has fallen below 4% and the workforce has grown. Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2022 While San Francisco has been facing $6-7 gasoline, mega-investors in nearby Silicon Valley just threw a wet blanket on the electric car industry. Jude Clemente, Forbes, 13 Mar. 2022 Rain showers danced across Southern California on Monday , throwing a wet blanket on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times, 17 Jan. 2022 And look, Covid is a big, wet blanket thrown over the attitudes of Americans. NBC News, 9 Jan. 2022 New research from Morning Consult throws a wet blanket on a strong rebound for business travel. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 While ObamaCare’s taxes harmed the economy, the wet blanket of his regulatory burden smothered the recovery, long before the 2013 tax increases. Phil Gramm And Mike Solon, WSJ, 13 Dec. 2021 As a lockout throws a wet blanket over the offseason, every team hopes to hit the ground running when the stadium gates swing open. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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Last Updated

22 Apr 2022

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“Wet blanket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wet%20blanket. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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