Definitions

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  • adv. In an unpromising manner.

Etymologies

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unpromising +‎ -ly

Examples

  • Nowadays, Whitechapel is a melange of chain restaurants, avant garde web designers and dodgy clothing stores with the word "Fashions" unpromisingly included on their signs.

    Whitechapel: David Stubbs's TV OD

  • If you were to have stumbled into Red Medicine this winter, maybe late after a movie, maybe with a reservation you booked two weeks early on OpenTable, you might have encountered a dish called "early season roots and legumes," unpromisingly enough, an appetizer that sounds like something more often served at a Tarzana vegan café than at an advanced fleshpot of cuisine.

    JGold Reviews Red Medicine

  • If you were to have stumbled into Red Medicine this winter, maybe late after a movie, maybe with a reservation you booked two weeks early on OpenTable, you might have encountered a dish called "early season roots and legumes," unpromisingly enough, an appetizer that sounds like something more often served at a Tarzana vegan café than at an advanced fleshpot of cuisine.

    JGold Reviews Red Medicine

  • O'Sullivan's 72, starting with the remaining 10 reds unpromisingly grouped over one side of the table, was a masterclass in precise positional play and subtle thinking as he took a pink from each and added the yellow for a winning 72 only to negate this good work by missing a simple pink to let the Australian left-hander in for 59 and a 3-1 lead.

    Neil Robertson beats Ronnie O'Sullivan to claim World Open title

  • Their new home was known rather unpromisingly as Down House.

    Heart of Darwin

  • The subtitle of the Guardian article reads unpromisingly: "Stanley Middleton's Holiday makes its few readers wince - and for all the right reasons."

    March 2008

  • In May 1912, Lasky hired Cecil to write and stage another Bowers operetta unpromisingly called In the Barracks for a royalty of $40 a week.

    Empire of Dreams

  • Johnson begins, unpromisingly, with a dozen pages on the difficulty of human waste disposal in a metropolis that had two million residents.

    2007 May 15 « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • Cortés's early life in Castile, before he headed off to the New World, was spent unpromisingly as a rogue and a wastrel.

    Spain Says Hello

  • The discourse of 'sleep hygiene', however unpromisingly named, is oriented towards the prevention of insomnia and focuses on steps the individual can take to avoid becoming dependent on sleeping pills.

    'Insomnia: A Cultural History'

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