Definition of lead balloon in English:

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lead balloon

Pronunciation: /ˌled bəˈlo͞on/


(in phrase go over like a lead balloon) informal
(Of something said or written) be poorly received: Jenkins' book has gone over like a lead balloon
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  • Unless the membership's self-interests are attended to, the CEO's well-intentioned altruistic sentiments will go over like a lead balloon.
  • He obviously looks down his nose at Americans, and although his cheap jibes may be aimed at the British funnybone, I should think they go over like a lead balloon over here.
  • It has a dress code, which may work in San Jose, but would go over like a lead balloon here in Santa Cruz.

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Syllabification: lead bal·loon

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