from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Very dry or uninteresting; prosaic.
  • n. A dull, dry, prosaic person.


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  • Mr. Cohen has thus produced the opposite of a dry-as-dust academic tome, and it is full of surprises.

    The Great Warpath

  • Whenever architecture has been reduced to simply being about architecture, it has suffered -- whether under the dry-as-dust reforming classicist Abbé Laugier during the eighteenth century, or Mies and Corbu in the twentieth.

    The Dangers of Architectural Positivism

  • Love proceeds not out of the dry-as-dust way of the mind.

    Jack London's Story - Moon Face: Planchette pg 3 of 3

  • He had understood nothing, and the only idea he had gathered was that evolution was a dry-as-dust theory, of a lot of little men possessed of huge and unintelligible vocabularies.

    Chapter 13

  • According to Mr. Skeel, this organization seeks to transform dry-as-dust evangelical scholars into media savvy, theatrically sophisticated scholars who can propagate their learning "in a culturally influential manner to a broad audience," preferably with comedic panache.

    St. Paul Was a Stand-Up Guy, but . . .

  • Although Guderian, one of the victors, visited Smolensk on the 17th, recording that it was largely undamaged, there is nothing in his dry-as-dust record of those days to indicate any sort of self-consciousness as to his victory, or for that matter, that a battle had even been fought.


  • Michael Dirda on The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel: Surely, though, the man is your typical melancholy, dry-as-dust bibliophile?

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  • Many expect a similarly unsatisfying outcome on the hard turf of the dry-as-dust Adelaide Oval, where batsmen typically run up huge scores and bowlers similar to pitchers struggle to get to 20 wickets.

    Cam Newton Ruled Eligible to Compete

  • Throughout this saga, the "vaccines cause autism" side could claim more powerful persuaders than the dry-as-dust scientific papers and even drier scientists trying to reassure parents.

    Anatomy of a Scare

  • They are generally complex men, interested, trigger tempered, yes ... but also nimble-witted and at times dry-as-dust funny.

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