party pooper

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party pooper (plural party poopers)

  1. (informal) One who dampens fun; especially, one who declines to participate in or enjoy a party or some other group activity; one who does not agree with the opinions of a group.
    • 1971 December 19, Robert Yoakum, “Scrooging up courage for a party”, in Eugene Register-Guardian, page 11A:
      Call me anti-social, call me a holiday-hater, call me Scrooge, call me a party-pooper—call me anything, but please don't call me about a party you're giving because I won't come.
    • 2001 August 1, Tony Karon, “Who's a Racist? Can a UN Conference Decide?”, in Time:
      Still, it's not something that any country can easily walk away from—not even a Bush administration that has made a habit of being the party pooper in international forums.


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