lead balloon

lead balloon
 A dismal failure.
 ► “Hong Kong Governor Chris Patten said that the colony’s 3.2m holders of British Dependent Territories Citizen passports should be given the right to live in Britain. The comment went over like a lead balloon in London.” (Far Eastern Economic Review, Oct. 5, 1995, p. 22)

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  • lead balloon — lead bal|loon [ ,led bə lun ] noun go over/down like a lead balloon to completely fail to please people: My presentation went over like a lead balloon; nobody cracked a smile …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • lead balloon — UK [ˌled bəˈluːn] US [ˌled bəˈlun] noun Phrase: go down like a lead balloon …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lead Balloon — Infobox Television show name = Lead Balloon caption = Lead Balloon title card. The mis spelling of balloon was a genuine mistake by director Alex Hardcastle. [cite video |people= Hardcastle, Alex|year=2007|title=Lead Balloon: Series One DVD audio …   Wikipedia

  • lead balloon — UK [ˌled bəˈluːn] / US [ˌled bəˈlun] noun go down like a lead balloon …   English dictionary

  • go over like a lead balloon — {v. phr.}, {informal} To fail to generate a positive response or enthusiasm; to meet with boredom or disapproval. * /The president s suggested budget cuts went over like a lead balloon./ * /Jack s off color jokes went over like a lead balloon./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • go over like a lead balloon — {v. phr.}, {informal} To fail to generate a positive response or enthusiasm; to meet with boredom or disapproval. * /The president s suggested budget cuts went over like a lead balloon./ * /Jack s off color jokes went over like a lead balloon./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • go down like a lead balloon — (humorous) To be conspicuously unsuccessful • • • Main Entry: ↑lead * * * go down like a lead balloon phrase to completely fail to please someone The tax proposals went down like a lead balloon at the party conference. Thesaurus: to fail, or to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • go over like a lead balloon — (US) (or Brit go down like a lead balloon) informal of a joke, suggestion, etc. : to fail completely He told a joke about his mother in law and it went over like a lead balloon. [=no one laughed at the joke] My suggestion went over like a lead… …   Useful english dictionary

  • List of Lead Balloon episodes — This is a list of episodes of the British television situation comedy Lead Balloon . The first series of six episodes aired in 2006 and a second series, extended to eight episodes, began in 2007. All episodes are written by Jack Dee and Pete… …   Wikipedia

  • go\ over\ like\ a\ lead\ balloon — v. phr. informal To fail to generate a positive response or enthusiasm; to meet with boredom or disapproval. The president s suggested budget cuts went over like a lead balloon. Jack s off color jokes went over like a lead balloon …   Словарь американских идиом

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