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(Brit) (of a place, activity, or person) dull; uninteresting
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  • All these dead-and-alive faces have an irresistible ascendency over me, and I myself become also as one dead.

    A Russian Proprietor Lyof N. Tolstoi
  • But there were never any balls or parties in this dead-and-alive township!

    Elder Conklin Frank Harris
  • Who do you suppose will care to come to a dead-and-alive hole like this?

    Banked Fires E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
  • All these effects are nowhere in a dead-and-alive dictation.

  • Denny interrupted over his shoulder in his dead-and-alive voice.

    "Persons Unknown" Virginia Tracy
  • It is a damp, cold, dead-and-alive place, with but three monuments worthy of our attention.

    Foot-prints of Travel Maturin M. Ballou
  • Yes, it was a dead-and-alive place was New Zion when we moved in here, wasn't it, missus?

  • The monstrousness of that dead-and-alive mechanism overwhelmed his thoughts again.

    The Passing of Ku Sui Anthony Gilmore
  • You saw what kind of a dead-and-alive meeting we had, only a few there, and nobody taking much interest.

    Cloudy Jewel Grace Livingston Hill
  • To walk about always in that dead-and-alive sort of way, muttering to himself like an old Kaffer witchdoctor!

    The Story of an African Farm (AKA Ralph Iron) Olive Schreiner

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