wet blanket

.wet 'blanket [ US ˈ. ˌ..] n
informal someone who seems to want to spoil other people's fun, for example by refusing to join them in something enjoyable that they are doing

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Wet blanket — Wet Wet (w[e^]t), a. [Compar. {Wetter}; superl. {Wettest}.] [OE. wet, weet, AS. w[=ae]t; akin to OFries. w[=e]t, Icel. v[=a]tr, Sw. v[*a]t, Dan. vaad, and E. water. [root]137. See {Water}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Containing, or consisting of, water or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wet blanket — /wɛt ˈblæŋkət / (say wet blangkuht) noun Colloquial a person or thing that dampens ardour or has a discouraging or depressing effect: *Mahony, having talked his first heat off, grew chilled by the wet blanket of Ocock s silence. –henry handel… …   Australian English dictionary

  • wet blanket — • wet blanket • kill joy person who discourages others from having fun He is a wet blanket so we never invite him to any parties. (from Idioms in Speech) a person who damps enthusiasm or checks ardour …   Idioms and examples

  • wet blanket — A wet blanket is someone who tries to spoil other people s fun …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • wet-blanket — /wet blang kit/, v.t. 1. to extinguish (a fire) with a wet blanket. 2. to dampen the enthusiasm or enjoyment of (a person, group, etc.). [1865 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • wet blanket — wet blankets N COUNT (disapproval) If you say that someone is a wet blanket, you are criticizing them because they refuse to join other people in an enjoyable activity or because they want to stop other people enjoying themselves. [INFORMAL] Syn …   English dictionary

  • wet blanket — noun count INFORMAL someone who spoils other people s fun by being negative and complaining …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • wet blanket — ► NOUN informal ▪ a person who spoils other people s enjoyment with their disapproving or unenthusiastic manner …   English terms dictionary

  • wet blanket — n. a person or thing whose presence or influence lessens the enthusiasm or joy of others …   English World dictionary

  • wet blanket — {n.}, {informal} A person or thing that keeps others from enjoying life. * /The teenagers don t invite Bob to their parties because he is a wet blanket./ * /The weatherman throws a wet blanket on picnic plans when he forecasts rain./ Compare:… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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