wet blanket


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wet blanket

n. Informal
One that discourages enjoyment or enthusiasm.

wet blanket

n
informal a person whose low spirits or lack of enthusiasm have a depressing effect on others

wet′ blan′ket


n.
a person or thing that dampens or discourages one's enthusiasm or enjoyment.
[1800–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wet blanket - someone who spoils the pleasure of others
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
unwelcome person, persona non grata - a person who for some reason is not wanted or welcome
fuss-budget, fusspot, worrier, worrywart - thinks about unfortunate things that might happen
Translations
رَفيق مُثير للكآبَه
suchar
lyseslukker
savanyú alak
leiîindaskjóîa
neşe kaçıran arkadaşoyunbozan

wet blanket

n (fig) → guastafeste m/f inv
what a wet blanket you are! (fam) → che pesante che sei!

wet

(wet) adjective
1. containing, soaked in, or covered with, water or another liquid. We got soaking wet when it began to rain; His shirt was wet through with sweat; wet hair; The car skidded on the wet road.
2. rainy. a wet day; wet weather; It was wet yesterday.
verbpresent tense ˈwetting: past tense, past participles wet, ~ˈwetted
to make wet. She wet her hair and put shampoo on it; The baby has wet himself / his nappy / the bed.
noun
1. moisture. a patch of wet.
2. rain. Don't go out in the wet.
ˈwetness noun
wet blanket
a depressing companion.
ˈwet-nurse noun
a woman employed to breast-feed someone else's baby.
ˈwetsuit noun
a rubber suit for wearing in cold conditions when diving etc.
wet through
soaked to the skin.
References in classic literature ?
Somehow, a canopy of wet blanket seems to descend upon the company, and Lady Tippins was never known to turn so very greedy or so very cross.
Its head was covered by the wet blanket and it was NOT SNORING ANY LONGER.
How the Circumlocution Office, in course of time, took up the business as if it were a bran new thing of yesterday, which had never been heard of before; muddled the business, addled the business, tossed the business in a wet blanket. How the impertinences, ignorances, and insults went through the multiplication table.
It was what Jotham called a sour morning for work, and the horses, shivering and stamping under their wet blankets, seemed to like it as little as the men.
The speeches, judging from the little I could hear of them, were certainly adapted to the occasion, as having that degree of relationship to cold water which wet blankets may claim: but the main thing was the conduct and appearance of the audience throughout the day; and that was admirable and full of promise.
Despite the wet blanket brigade and other assorted naysayers, the popularity of Edinburgh's festivals in the city and country is clear from the ticket sales.
Far from setting the country on fire the Tory egomaniac - imposed as Prime Minister by fewer people than live in Wigan or Basildon - was a wet blanket.
Just don't be an old wet blanket if they peg YOU with a few of those water balloons.
USE A WET BLANKET. The goal for any pet owner during the summer is to avoid exposing their pets to anything that would cause their body temperature to rise.
(I don't!) How should I respond when people ask "How's school going?" I don't want to be a wet blanket, but I'm tired of answering with a chirpy "fine," when everything is not fine.
"Luckily, there was a gap so we were able to force the window open, get the dog out and put a wet blanket over him.
Summary: It is August in Lebanon, which means stifling heat during the day, and humidity that hugs the skin late into the evening like a hot, wet blanket. Traffic jams choking major roads and garbage washing ashore make beating the heat at the beach less appealing, and, adding to the woe, a seaside lunch is becoming...