Idiom – Wet Blanket
Wet Blanket – Idiom of the Day
A person who ruins other people’s fun by disapproving of what they’re doing, or refusing to join in.
The expression dates from around the 1870s and is based on the fact that cooks of that era kept a wet blanket in the kitchen to smother fires quickly. Cooks have been doing this since the mid-1600s. You can very clearly see the parallel between extinguishing a fire and extinguishing someone’s joy.
- Come on, jump in the pool! Don’t be such a wet blanket.
- Janice is the biggest wet blanket ever. It’s why nobody invites her to their parties anymore.
- I hate to sound like a wet blanket, but I have a high fever. I can’t make it to your party.
- Man, we were just joking around! Why do you have to be such a wet blanket?
- The new curfew regulations are a damn wet blanket for the partygoers of the city.
- Hey sorry for being a wet blanket at your pool party last night, I just wasn’t in a good mood.
- I hate to be the wet blanket here, but we have to be inside campus by 10:30 p.m, or they will most likely fine us.
- I sometimes have to be the wet blanket and restrain my friends, else they will do something that they will regret.