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or buzz kill  (bŭz′kĭl′)
n. Slang
A negative person, event, attribute, or thing that causes another's mood or spirit to become depressed or dampened: The rain was a buzzkill, so we all left the beach.

[buzz, pleasant intoxication + kill.]
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(ˈbʌzˌkɪl) or


slang someone or something that stops people from enjoying themselves
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And anyone who thinks differently is a just a big stupid Captain Buzzkill.
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Dr Seuss the penname of the late Theodor Seuss Geisel published The Lorax in 1971 and it quickly became a classic children's book, a staple of the environmental movement and a major buzzkill for the logging industry.
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It's been a great way to get in touch with old friends; keep in touch with existing ones (because, let's face it, traffic is a buzzkill and it's difficult to go out with your homies regularly, especially when you live on opposite ends of the Earth); and make new ones (although frankly, I don't accept friend requests from people I've never met at least once in my lifetime).
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