Definition of “damp squib” - English Dictionary

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“damp squib” in British English

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damp squibnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌdæmp ˈskwɪb/ us /ˌdæmp ˈskwɪb/ UK

an event that is not as exciting or popular as people thought it would be:

After all that media attention, the whole event turned out to be a bit of a damp squib, with very few people attending.

(Definition of “damp squib” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)