Wet Blanket

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A depressing person who spoils the fun of other people, a person who spoils enjoyment of others by being boring


  • This expression originated in the 19th century. Native Americans and other tribes often put blanket in the river to later use them to put out the fire. The fire is used as a symbol of enthusiasm and passion by them as they had many celebrations which included fire. The wet blanket puts out the fire which means that it spoiled the joy. So the expression is used to refer to a person who rains on the parade or being pessimist. 

He didn’t invite Jack to the party as he is such a wet blanket.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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wet blanketA person who takes the fun out of a situation or activity, as by pessimism, demands, dullness, etc.
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