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dry-as-dust

or dryasdust

[drahy-uh z-duhst] /ˈdraɪ əzˈdʌst/
adjective
1.
dull and boring:
a dry-as-dust biography.
Origin of dry-as-dust
1870-1875
1870-75; after Dr. Dryasdust, a fictitious pedant satirized in the prefaces of Sir Walter Scott's novels
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  • It was no use trying to be dry-as-dust since the spring had got into her blood.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • It doesn't sound like the dry-as-dust dead collections of museums.

  • The clergyman was a remarkable specimen of the 'dry-as-dust' species.

    Gladys, the Reaper

    Anne Beale
  • I saw them this morning, a couple of dry-as-dust old fossils—city men, I believe, who only think of house property and dividends.

    The Seven Secrets William Le Queux
  • dry-as-dust letters and specifications, builders' quantities, and so on, to type out.

    The Boy with Wings Berta Ruck
  • Technical and abstruse as his intellectual interests were, he appears to have been anything but a dry-as-dust.

    Studies in Medival Life and Literature Edward Tompkins McLaughlin
  • Scott, in brief, was not as dry-as-dust; all the dead bones that he touches come to life.

    The Antiquary, Complete Sir Walter Scott
  • The unwritten history of this wonderful and intrepid body of men must be a long way from the dry-as-dust histories on the shelves.

    The Happy Family Bertha Muzzy Bower
  • They are not dry-as-dust compilations of statistics, but full of interesting matter and delightfully well written.

  • I skipped some of the dull passages; the 'dry-as-dust' parts of which I found a few even in Carlyle.

    Medoline Selwyn's Work Mrs. J. J. Colter

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