lead balloon

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lead balloon

 (lĕd)
n. Slang
A complete failure; a flop.
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The news will go down like a lead baloon in the Wee County with patience growing thin as they continue to seek a succcessor to Val Andrews.
Paul Taylor and Paul Durcan have retired while the news that Ger Heavin has no interest in an inter-county switch has also gone down like a lead baloon.