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Dictionary of American idioms
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go over like a lead balloon

go over like a lead balloon
Fig. to fail completely; to go over badly. •

Your joke went over like a lead balloon.

If that play was supposed to be a comedy, it went over like a lead balloon.

Her suggestion went over like a lead balloon.

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{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./

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