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British Dictionary definitions for dead-and-alive

dead-and-alive

adjective
  1. British (of a place, activity, or person) dull; uninteresting
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  • But there were never any balls or parties in this dead-and-alive township!

    Elder Conklin

    Frank Harris

  • 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

  • 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 dead-and-alive faces have an irresistible ascendency over me, and I myself become also as one dead.

    A Russian Proprietor

    Lyof N. Tolstoi