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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. 2017.
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  • Cheevers tells us that a young woman was seen to throw a boy ten years of age into a dry well twenty feet deep.

  • Many grasses (not the flowers, but the leaves or blades) dry well.

    Practical Taxidermy Montagu Browne
  • Blanch them well and lay in cold water, then take out and dry well.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia Marion Cabell Tyree
  • Wash the whitebait with great care, and dry well by rubbing them in a napkin.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • dry well, then increase the heat of the oven gradually and bake to a cream color all through.

    The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins
  • 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
  • dry well, mix with the butter, sprinkle with salt and brown a golden brown in the oven, shaking or stirring often.

  • Remove the scales, clean and dry well, dip in flour and put to brown in a little oil.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • Well, they've caught him—pulled him out of a dry well in Libertyville.

    John March, Southerner George W. Cable
  • After they were burned, an officer threw the torch with which the buildings had been lighted, into a dry well near by.

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