[ drahy-uhz-duhst ]
/ ˈdraɪ əzˈdʌst /
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dull and boring: a dry-as-dust biography.
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Origin of dry-as-dust
1870–75; after Dr. Dryasdust, a fictitious pedant satirized in the prefaces of Sir Walter Scott's novels
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How to use dry-as-dust in a sentence
It was no use trying to be dry-as-dust since the spring had got into her blood.Mary Gray|Katharine Tynan
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.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind|Herbert George Wells
A dry-as-dust old fellow, Perry, going to France for some kind of research work.Ruth Fielding In the Red Cross|Alice B. Emerson
It must be rendered interesting and fascinating or it will be no better than the old Dry-as-dust teaching.Practical Cinematography and Its Applications|Frederick Arthur Ambrose Talbot
Other Idioms and Phrases with dry-as-dust
dry as dust
Dull, boring, as in This text is dry as dust; it's putting me to sleep. [c. 1500]
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