Entry from US English dictionary
noun(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
More example sentences
- 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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