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dry well

a drainage pit lined with loose stonework for the leaching of liquid wastes.
Origin of dry well
First recorded in 1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Many grasses (not the flowers, but the leaves or blades) dry well.

    Practical Taxidermy Montagu Browne
  • After the pain is cured, dry well, and keep the head moderately warm.

    Papers on Health John Kirk
  • At eleven we reached the dry well to which Warri and I had tracked the natives.

    Spinifex and Sand David W Carnegie
  • Wash the whitebait with great care, and dry well by rubbing them in a napkin.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • The stones were lying round what seemed to have been a dry well.

  • There they saw him sitting by a dry well and roasting birds.

    Indian Fairy Tales Anonymous
  • Well, they've caught him—pulled him out of a dry well in Libertyville.

    John March, Southerner George W. Cable
  • In January, 1785, he prepared a dry well under the summer house and also one in his new cellar and in due time had both filled.

    George Washington: Farmer

    Paul Leland Haworth
  • It was now a rescuing hand put out to lift him from the dry well of gloom.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • However, on examining the dry well by letting a man down with a rope round him, lo!

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