Technical and abstruse as his intellectual interests were, he appears to have been anything but a dry-as-dust.
The clergyman was a remarkable specimen of the 'dry-as-dust' species.
dry-as-dust letters and specifications, builders' quantities, and so on, to type out.
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.
Although a scholar of world-wide reputation, he was by no means of the “dry-as-dust” type.
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.
Scott, in brief, was not as dry-as-dust; all the dead bones that he touches come to life.
They are not dry-as-dust compilations of statistics, but full of interesting matter and delightfully well written.
He seemed satisfied and at last went to bed with his old cheery "Good night, dry-as-dust."
The personages were raised from the oblivion into which the dry-as-dust professors had sunk them, and became live human beings.