dull as dishwater
Boring, tedious, as in That lecture was dull as dishwater. The original simile, dull as ditchwater, dating from the 1700s, alluded to the muddy water in roadside ditches. In the first half of the 1900s, perhaps through mispronunciation, it became dishwater, that is, the dingy, grayish water in which dirty dishes had soaked.
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His course managed to be both dreadfully dull and appallingly difficult, with few light moments.
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The policemen looked dull and heavy, as if never again would any one be criminal, and as if they had come to know it.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
Drone: the largest tube of a bag-pipe, giving forth a dull heavy tone.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
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They are grayish or colorless, and have a dull waxy look, as if cut from paraffin (Figs. 43 and 61).A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
There was a distant, dull boom in the air—a repeated heavy thud.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling