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  • n  firework consisting of a tube filled with powder (as a broken firecracker) that burns with a fizzing noise

  • MIsfortune, bad refereeing and lousy management turn Zizou's grand finale into a damp squib.
  • An anticipated Olympics-related tourism boom looks to be more of a damp squib, probably due in part to unusually strict enforcement of visa regulations.
  • It's just really put a damp squib on something that was a fantastic experience.
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  • How A Congress-Sanctioned Tax Credit Rescued Q1 Earnings
    A 25-year-old research-and-development tax credit that was extended by Congress - following its expiration at the end of 2011 - lifted profits for many firms in the S&P 500 by over 10% . While top-line revenue growth was a damp squib, earnings grew a more robust 6.7% thanks, as the WSJ notes , in large part to this tax-credit's 'accounting' gains. This stock-market-saving tax-gimmick, however ...
    June 14, 2013 - Zero Hedge

  • Charlie Manuel in Washington Post
    It might have took a little squib-roller down the third base line,said Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel, "but at the same time, it's better to be lucky sometimes than to be good."
  • Tony Abbott in Brisbane Times
    I think the budget will be a squib, I think there will be cosmetic spending cuts and cosmetic tax increases,Mr Abbott said. "I think there will be a lot of rhetoric and not much substance."

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