Idiom 'Damp Squib' - Learn Idioms Online

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In this lesson you will learn about the idiom 'a damp squid' and how to use it in your conversations.


Fred: A 'damp squib' is an event which was expected to be exciting or impressive but turns out to be a disappointing one.

Sarah: Alright, so I can say: The magic show last night turned out to be a damp squib.

Fred: That's a good example. A 'Damp squib' is something which is much less impressive than expected. I'm sorry to hear that the magic show was not good.

Sarah: It was a damp squib. Everybody was so excited in the beginning, but it didn't really please the audience.

Fred: I thought so. Advertisements are often misleading. Do you remember how that new action movie got media attention but turned out to be a damp squib in the end?

Sarah: Yes, I remember that. So, if something is expected to have a great effect but it doesn't, then it is called a damp squib.

Fred: You got it. A 'damp squib' turns to be a failure and unsatisfactory in the end, despite any huge expectations in the beginning.

Sarah: Yes. Let's listen to some conversations to learn how the idiom is used.

Fred: Good idea!

Rain Rain, Go Away!

Helen: Hey Jerry, how was the party?

Jerry: It was going well at first! But then the rain came and turned the party into a damp squib.

Helen: Ah, too bad. The rain comes without a warning at this time of the year.

Jerry: Yeah! It's hard to plan for it.

New Museum.

Jerry: Helen, did you visit the new museum?

Helen: Yeah, I did.

Jerry: Was it good?

Helen: Not as cool as expected. The whole thing turned out to be a damp squib.

Jerry: I thought it had some rare artifacts.

Helen: Maybe, but I didn't get to see them.

No Fun at All.

Sarah: I went to the beach festival.

Helen: Wow! I heard about it! Did you have fun?

Sarah: Not much!

Helen: Why not?

Sarah: It turned out to be a damp squib this year. More than half of the events on the pamphlets were canceled and replaced by lame events!

Helen: Hmmm...that must've been disappointing.

Sarah: I just wish I hadn't wasted my time.

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