Damp squib

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British pronunciation/dˈamp skwˈɪb/
American pronunciation/dˈæmp skwˈɪb/
damp squib
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something that fails to be what everyone expected

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What is the origin of the idiom "damp squib" and when to use it?

The idiom "damp squib" originates from the world of fireworks, specifically a squib, which is a small explosive device used to ignite larger fireworks. A "damp squib" refers to a situation or event that turns out to be underwhelming, disappointing, or anticlimactic, much like a firework that fails to ignite due to moisture. It's used to describe something that does not live up to expectations or falls flat.

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The new product launch was a damp squib as it failed to generate the expected excitement among customers.
The highly anticipated movie turned out to be a damp squib, with poor reviews and low box office earnings.
The political rally turned out to be a damp squib when the main speaker didn't show up.
The surprise party was meant to be spectacular, but it became a damp squib when the guest of honor discovered the plans in advance.
The celebration was supposed to be grand, but it ended up being a damp squib due to bad weather.
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