lead balloon


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lead balloon

 (lĕd)
n. Slang
A complete failure; a flop.
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A series of events prompts him to tell her to return to Milan before she cracks up, which goes down like a lead balloon, and before long, she's warning Kylie about her brother's past misdemeanors.
8DA YESTERDAY'S SOLUTIONS WEE THINKER ACROSS: 7 Travail 9 Edits 10 Reels 11 Atlanta 12 Hub 13 Lobbyist 16 Twiddled 17 Loo 19 Bugaboo 21 Endow 22 Anger 23 Nastier DOWN: 1 Starchy 2 Take a bow 3 Rats 4 Deployed 5 Lion 6 Aswan 8 Lead Balloon 13 Ladybird 14 Salad oil 15 Forward 18 U-Boat 20 Gags 21 Else QUICKIE ACROSS: 1 Spendthrift 8 Ice 9 Lot 11 Darling 12 Usage 13 Ink 14 Ban 15 Wheezed 17 Mac 19 Acre 21 Ogre 23 Mayo 25 Tuba 27 Wee 29 Stroppy 31 Ran 34 Pro 36 Slope 37 Carried 38 Opt 39 See 40 Sentimental DOWN: 1 Scan 2 Perk 3 Neither 4 Tagged 5 Rouge 6 Flab 7 Toga 8 Idiom 10 Tense 16 Day 18 Cob 20 Cow 22 Gas 24 Aspirin 25 Torso 26 Romcom 28 Erode 30 Tweet 32 Alps 33 Note 34 Pisa 35 Reel
But the move has gone down like a lead balloon, and could be dropped following a consultation exercise that lasts until the end of this month.
RATINGS disaster Eternal Glory's aptly named Lead Balloon round which involved, and I swear, holding a balloon in the air the longest.
Meanwhile, Nick's surprise party for Erica goes down like a lead balloon.
Again I know this opinion will go down like a lead balloon with younger NUFC supporters.
I heard he was struggling to win over MPs who thought his image as a member of the Metropolitan elite was a lead balloon outside London.
Billy tells the Bishop about his love for Sean, which goes down like a lead balloon, while Tony and Tracy continue their plan to take control of the Rovers.
However, back on dry land, things soon pick up, and Ash even visits Brax to tell him about his new-found happiness - which goes down like a lead balloon.
Clearly it doesn't as his poll rating that day was MINUS 44 per cent and his speech, with all his ramblings about the "dark forces" out to get him (it's your own party, Ed), went down like a lead balloon.
Patrick Bamford's 14th goal of the season and a 50th-minute goal for Ben Reeves condemned Wolves to 2-0 Molineux defeat, which went down like a lead balloon with the club's faithful.
Anna had already proved to be a gifted comic as Magda, Jack Dee's surly housekeeper on BBC comedy Lead Balloon, while Katy had spent years honing her craft on shows such as Time Trumpet, Extras, Torchwood and Horrible Histories.