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damp squib

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Definition of damp squib in English:

noun

British
A situation or event which is much less impressive than expected: my moment of power was a damp squib
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  • A spectacular charity firewalk has been called off because council bungling turned the event into a damp squib.
  • The singer's anthemic effort failed to live up to Ireland's high-scoring record in the contest, and that made the event something of a damp squib.
  • And, as we all know, these hot new names who are going to set the world on fire sometimes turn out to be damp squibs.

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