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Lead Balloon is a British television series produced by Open Mike Productions for BBC Four. The series was created and is co-written by comedian Jack Dee and Pete Sinclair. It stars Dee as Rick Spleen, a cynical and misanthropic comedian whose life is plagued by petty annoyances, disappointments and embarrassments. Raquel Cassidy, Sean Power and Tony Gardner also star. The first series of six episodes was broadcast on BBC Four in 2006, with the first episode achieving the highest ratings for a comedy on the channel. Repeats of the series were run on BBC Two and BBC HD, bringing it to a larger audience. The second series of eight episodes aired on BBC Two from November 2007; the third series aired from November 2008; and the final series aired from 31 May 2011 until 5 July.


  1. "Lead Balloon" is a musical album of Rosi Golan.
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  2. "Lead Balloon" is a composition.

Phrases with Lead Balloon

  1. Go Down Like a Lead Balloon
  2. Go Over Like a Lead Balloon
  3. Went Over Like a Lead Balloon

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Google previewWebster's New World American Idioms Handbook (2011)

by Gail Brenner

Go over like a lead balloon is a colorful expression that means to fail to gain support, interest, or approval; to be dismissed or rejected as an idea or suggestion. This expression alludes to the fact that a balloon made of lead could never rise in the air; it would sit heavy and useless on the ground. Go over like a lead balloon is often used to refer to an ideaor proposal that hasbeen rejected oris very unpopular. Sometimes after makingasuggestion thatnoone likes or supports,a person ...



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Google previewBloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms (2009)

by Gordon Jarvie

go down like a lead balloon fail dismally. It was a dreadful speech by the prime minister, and went down like a lead balloon. go dutch expression used when more than one person is.

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2006)

by Elizabeth Knowles

go down like a lead balloon fail, be a flop, ( especially of a speech or suggestion) be poorly received. The idea of something plummeting as heavily as a balloon made of lead is recorded from the mid 20th century.

Google previewThe Dimwit's Dictionary (2006)

More Than 5,000 Overused Words and Phrases and Alternatives to Them by Robert Hartwell Fiske, Joseph Epstein

lead balloon An insipid simile. badly; poorly; unsatisfactorily; unsuccessfully. like clockwork An insipid simile. accurately; easily; exactly; excellently; faultlessly; flawlessly; flowingly; impeccably; indefectibly; methodically; perfectly; precisely; regularly; smoothly; systematically; well. like comparing dollars to doughnuts A moribund metaphor (see page 21). different; discordant; discrepant; dissimilar; dissonant; divergent; incommensurable; incommensurate; incomparable; incompatible; ...

Google previewChambers Pocket Dictionary (1992)

go down like a lead balloon (coll) (of something said or done) to be very unsuccessful or unpopular. — when the balloon goes up when the trouble starts. [Ital ballone] ballot n 1 the method or act of voting, usu. in secret, by putting e.g. a marked piece of paper into a box or other container. 2 the total number of votes recorded in an election. 3 a piece of paper, etc. used in voting. — v -t- 1 (intr) to vote by ballot. 2 (tr) to take a ballot of: ballot the members. [Ital ballotta, little ball] ballot-box n ...

Google previewThe American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition (2013)

by Christine Ammer

lead 9 In addition to the idioms beginning with LEAD, also see ALL ROADs LEAD TO ROME; BLIND LEADING THE BLIND; GET THE LEAD OUT; GO OVER (LIKE A LEAD BALLOON); PUT LEAD IN ONE's PENCIL; YOU CAN LEAD A HORsE TO WATER BUT YOU CAN'T MAKE IT DRINK. lead a chase Also, lead a merry chase or dance. Mislead someone; waste someone's time.

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