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  • If we had infra-red sunglasses, the world might appear a lot more pleasant than in its more usual shades of dull-brown, muddy-green, and dirt-gray.

    Boing Boing

  • LOUIS sprawls where mighty rivers meet,—as broad as Philadelphia, but three stories high instead of two, with wider streets and dirtier atmosphere, over the dull-brown of wide, calm rivers.


  • It was dull-brown mousy hair, and her hands were bare and red.

    Clockwork Angel

  • Chocolate normally was dull-brown crumbly stuff that tasted, as nearly as one could describe it, like the smoke of a rubbish fire.

    Nineteen Eighty-four

  • In Oceania, the apartment houses of the masses smell of cabbage from top to bottom, water pipes regularly burst, and chocolate is "dull-brown crumbly stuff that tastes like the smoke of a rubbish fire."

    'Making Political Writing Into An Art' - Celebrating the Centenary of Orwell's Birth

  • Above the red grit, weathered into a thousand queer shapes, stood strata of chloritic sand, a pale yellow-green, and capping it rose the usual dull-brown carbonate of lime.

    The Land of Midian

  • Luz slow-cantered the dull-brown Thoroughbred toward the white ball sitting near midfield.

    The Glory Game

  • Its spell threw a sheen over the drab things Beryl remembered so well, the brick schoolhouse, the Settlement, the dirty narrow street flanked by dull-brown tenements with their endless fire escapes mounting higher and higher, hung now with bedding of every color.


  • I do not know how much pain this gives the ostrich, but it cannot be pleasant; and perhaps he wishes sometimes he was not quite so grand, but was dressed in a plain dull-brown suit trimmed with dirty white like his humble wife.

    The Children's Book of London

  • Leaves dark-green, tinged with dull-brown, much wrinkled, toothed, somewhat curled, terminating rather obtusely, and forming two acute angles at the base; the stalk and the stems of the leaves are deep-red, and slightly furrowed; the veins are very prominent.

    The Field and Garden Vegetables of America Containing Full Descriptions of Nearly Eleven Hundred Species and Varietes; With Directions for Propagation, Culture and Use.


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