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Failure. Didn’t work out. In military terminology, a dud is a bomb that does not explode, so the word is used whenever something fails to accomplish it’s desired outcome. A badly told joke might be a dud; an uncomfortable and boring date would be a dud, etc.¬† (Compare to Go over like a lead balloon.)

“Our entire date last night was a dud.”

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