Definition of wet blanket in English:

wet blanket


  • A person who spoils other people's fun by failing to join in with or by disapproving of their activities:

    ‘don't be a wet blanket’
    • ‘Yeah, well I tried telling Valentine but he thinks I'm just being a wet blanket or something.’
    • ‘I hate to sound like a wet blanket, and I don't care what anybody else says: I really do understand your impulse to celebrate when a favoured band from the past, which broke up, reunites.’
    • ‘I hate to be a wet blanket about that, but I think the reality is that these treaties are unique.’
    • ‘Without wanting to appear to be a wet blanket, it should be noted that European qualification does not always bring with it prolonged success’
    • ‘Most of the time, he found himself to be the one to be the wet blanket of the group.’
    • ‘We need more production, coupled with wide-open trade, to bring the burdens of wealth articulated by the free market's wet blankets to the people who long to bear them.’
    • ‘I don't want to be a wet blanket, but I think you're dead wrong on this, Paul.’
    • ‘You can go to the site to read it all if you like, although as it goes on it gets a bit much for a wet blanket like me.’
    • ‘I feel the Federation are a wet blanket, to put it mildly.’
    • ‘As a marriage partner, one is challenged, on the one hand, with being a wet blanket to great visions, and, on the other hand, with having a Pollyanna naivete.’
    • ‘Moore screeches her way through most of the film, channelling the same role she's played many times before - the forlorn, apprehensive wet blanket.’
    • ‘‘I'm a bit of a wet blanket when it comes to the whole business of space travel,’ Stewart said in an interview posted on the BBC Web site.’
    • ‘They have to change their image as welfare wet blankets.’
    • ‘Think for a second before you start calling this guy a wet blanket.’
    • ‘It wasn't like she was a wet blanket exactly, well perhaps she was but really that was beside the point.’
    • ‘Now one doesn't want to be a wet blanket under these circumstances.’
    • ‘I enjoy going out as much as the next person, but at the risk of appearing a wet blanket, I hereby serve notice that I shall not patronize such establishments and would urge anyone else with a modicum of common sense to avoid them.’
    • ‘Well I hate to sound like a wet blanket here on a cold night, but nothing is guaranteed.’
    • ‘Call me a wet blanket, a spoil sport or whatever you want.’
    • ‘But not content to stop there, Chan went on to reveal that the potentially annoying Owen Wilson is, in fact, the intolerable wet blanket we suspected all along.’
    shrew, curmudgeon, discontent, complainer, grumbler, moaner, fault-finder, carper
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