Meaning of Idiom ‘Wet Blanket’
A wet blanket is a person who discourages other people from having fun or from being enthusiastic; someone who spoils other people’s fun by their negative attitude; a boring and miserable person who doesn’t enjoy things and doesn’t like other people to enjoy things.
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A wet blanket is similar to a sourpuss, a party pooper, a killjoy, and sometimes, a spoilsport.
Someone who acts like a wet blanket ‘throws cold water’ on things.
Examples Of Use
“Just because I don’t talk a mile a minute doesn’t mean I’m a wet blanket.”
“Don’t be such a wet blanket. The fair only happens once a year and I know you’ll have fun.”
“I’m sorry for being such a wet blanket lately. I’ve had a lot on my mind.”
“Don’t invite him out with us. He’s too much of a wet blanket.”
Used since the early 1800s, this idiom alludes to smothering a fire (the fun) with a wet blanket.
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