A wet blanket
Blanket Blan"ket, n. [F. blanchet, OF. also blanket, a woolen waistcoat or shirt, the blanket of a printing press; prop. white woolen stuff, dim. of blanc white; blanquette a kind of white pear, fr. blanc white. See {Blank}, a.] 1. A heavy, loosely woven fabric, usually of wool, and having a nap, used in bed clothing; also, a similar fabric used as a robe; or any fabric used as a cover for a horse. [1913 Webster]

2. (Print.) A piece of rubber, felt, or woolen cloth, used in the tympan to make it soft and elastic. [1913 Webster]

3. A streak or layer of blubber in whales. [1913 Webster]

Note: The use of blankets formerly as curtains in theaters explains the following figure of Shakespeare. --Nares. [1913 Webster]

Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark To cry, ``Hold, hold!'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Blanket sheet}, a newspaper of folio size.

{A wet blanket}, anything which damps, chills, dispirits, or discour?ges. [1913 Webster]


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  • (a) wet blanket — informal someone who does or says something that stops other people from enjoying themselves. I don t want to be a wet blanket, but you really must play your music more quietly or you ll disturb the people next door …   New idioms dictionary

  • throw a wet blanket over/upon one's spirits — (from Idioms in Speech) to distress somebody Clare s restlessness was nothing new. To come the elder sister! To be a wet blanket! Impossible! (J. Galsworthy) Don t be such a damned old wet blanket, Dick said. Think big, man, think big. (J.… …   Idioms and examples

  • throw a wet blanket — See: WET BLANKET …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • throw a wet blanket — See: WET BLANKET …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • throw\ a\ wet\ blanket — See: wet blanket …   Словарь американских идиом

  • 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

  • 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

  • wet blanket —    A wet blanket is someone who tries to spoil other people s fun.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    A person who is a wet blanket is so boring or unenthusiastic that they prevent others from enjoying themselves.     Come on! Relax! Don t… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • 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

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