go down like a lead balloon

Go down like a lead balloon
(UK) If something goes down like a lead balloon, it fails or is extremely badly received.

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • 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 down like a lead balloon — humorous if something that you say or show to people goes down like a lead balloon, they do not like it at all. My joke about the alcoholic went down like a lead balloon …   New idioms dictionary

  • go down like a lead balloon — ► go down like a lead balloon (of a speech, proposal, or joke) be poorly received. Main Entry: ↑lead …   English terms dictionary

  • go down like a lead balloon — to completely fail to please someone The tax proposals went down like a lead balloon at the party conference …   English dictionary

  • Go down like a lead balloon — fail dismally; fail to elicit the desired response …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • go down like a lead balloon — Australian Slang fail dismally; fail to elicit the desired response …   English dialects glossary

  • go over/down like a lead balloon — see ↑balloon, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑lead …   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

  • go down (or N. Amer. over) like a lead balloon — informal (of a speech, proposal, or joke) be poorly received. → the lead …   English new terms dictionary

  • 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


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