damp squib

By admin ~ April 9th, 2010. Filed under: dampness.

While most modern squibs used by professionals are insulated from moisture, older uninsulated squibs needed to be kept dry in order to ignite, so a “damp squib” was literally one that failed to perform because it got wet. The phrase “damp squib” has since come into general use to mean anything that fails to meet expectations.

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