dry as dust

Dry as dust
Very dry. Often used metaphorically: a boring, literal person or an unexciting speech. "She knows her stuff but she's dry as dust."

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • dry|as|dust — «DRY uhz DUHST», noun. = pedant. (Cf. ↑pedant) ╂[< the fictitious Dr. Dryasdust, of the prefatory matter of some of Sir Walter Scott s novels] dry as dust «DRY uhz DUHST», adjective. very dry or uninteresting; overly pedantic; spiritless;… …   Useful english dictionary

  • dry-as-dust — dry′ as dust′ adj. dull; boring • Etymology: 1870–75; after Dr. Dryasdust, a fictitious pedant satirized in the prefaces of Sir Walter Scott s novels …   From formal English to slang

  • dry-as-dust — /druy euhz dust /, adj. dull and boring: a dry as dust biography. Also, dryasdust. [1870 75; after Dr. Dryasdust, a fictitious pedant satirized in the prefaces of Sir Walter Scott s novels] * * * dry|as|dust «DRY uhz DUHST», noun. = pedant. (Cf.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • dry as dust —    Something that is as dry as dust is very dry indeed.    This expression can also refer to something dull and uninteresting.     The ground was as dry as dust. / His speech was as dry as dust …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • dry-as-dust — mod. dull; lifeless. □ I can’t take another one of his dry as dust lectures. □ All her ideas are dry as dust. □ Some dry as dust old crock talked endlessly about old bones …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • dry as dust — (as) dry as dust extremely dry ■ extremely dull; lacking emotion, expression, or interest what the students learned was as dry as dust …   Useful english dictionary

  • dry-as-dust — /druy euhz dust /, adj. dull and boring: a dry as dust biography. Also, dryasdust. [1870 75; after Dr. Dryasdust, a fictitious pedant satirized in the prefaces of Sir Walter Scott s novels] * * * …   Universalium

  • Dry — (dr[imac]), a. [Compar. {Drier}; superl. {Driest}.] [OE. dru[yogh]e, druye, drie, AS. dryge; akin to LG. dr[ o]ge, D. droog, OHG. trucchan, G. trocken, Icel. draugr a dry log. Cf. {Drought}, {Drouth}, 3d {Drug}.] 1. Free from moisture; having… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dry area — Dry Dry (dr[imac]), a. [Compar. {Drier}; superl. {Driest}.] [OE. dru[yogh]e, druye, drie, AS. dryge; akin to LG. dr[ o]ge, D. droog, OHG. trucchan, G. trocken, Icel. draugr a dry log. Cf. {Drought}, {Drouth}, 3d {Drug}.] 1. Free from moisture;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dry blow — Dry Dry (dr[imac]), a. [Compar. {Drier}; superl. {Driest}.] [OE. dru[yogh]e, druye, drie, AS. dryge; akin to LG. dr[ o]ge, D. droog, OHG. trucchan, G. trocken, Icel. draugr a dry log. Cf. {Drought}, {Drouth}, 3d {Drug}.] 1. Free from moisture;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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