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damp squib

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdamp squibdamp squibDISAPPOINTED British English informal something that is intended to be exciting, effective etc, but which is disappointing damp
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damp squibThe fireworks display that heralded the opening of Antwerp 93 went off like a damp squib.The traditional Easter turkey boom - the second biggest after Christmas - was a damp squib because hard-up families bought cheaper chickens.
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