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be as dull as dishwater

To be very boring or unexciting. This phrase is often used to describe a person. My date with Dave was not great—he is as dull as dishwater. I fell asleep during that movie because it was as dull as dishwater.
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(as) dull as dishwater

Very boring or unexciting. This phrase is often used to describe a person. My date with Dave was not great—he is as dull as dishwater. I fell asleep during that movie because it was as dull as dishwater.
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*dull as dishwater

 and *dull as ditch water
very uninteresting. (*Also: as ~.) I'm not surprised that he can't find a partner. He's as dull as dishwater. Mr. Black's speech was as dull as dishwater.
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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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dull as ditchwater

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dull as dishwater

If someone or something is as dull as ditchwater or as dull as dishwater, they are very boring. He's a dull writer and that's a fact. Dull as ditchwater. `Most of the politicians in Ontario are dull as dishwater,' he said. Note: The expression `dull as ditchwater' is over 200 years old, whereas `dull as dishwater' is a more recent variant. The reference is to the dull dirty colour of the water in ditches or in washing-up bowls.
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dull as dishwater (or ditchwater)

extremely dull.
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(as) dull as ˈditchwater

(British English) (American English (as) dull as ˈdishwater) very boring: Best-seller or not, the book sounds as dull as ditchwater to me.
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(as) dull as dishwater

mod. very dull. Life can be as dull as dishwater.
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dull as dishwater

verb
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Particularly as I regard Shakespeare as being as dull as dishwater, and Mervyn does dull extremely effectively.
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So choose your title and, as long as it is doesn't already belong to a proper aristocrat, you can be the Earl of Dishwater or the Count of Minty Cristo.
The author combines a sane approach to backcountry ethics (you don't have to drink your dishwater to be a responsible camper, she says) with practical advice on topics like, well, using the bathroom in the woods.
20, he told her she could put it back in the kettle 'cos there was no way he was forking out the price of a tidy bottle of wine on two cups of dishwater.
To someone like me who likes good, strong [coffee], decaffeinated tastes like dishwater," he grumbles.
This happens every time we take a shower, flush the toilet, run the dishwater, or put a kettle on the stove.
Similarly, the 500-employee company that makes micro-electronic components could save $48,000 a year with a $53,000 investment in a special dishwater and other changes that would reduce its use of acetone, isopropyl alcohol and freon.
What a far cry from Starbucks' "origin days" in Birmingham - when each brew resembled dishwater.
But John Quigley, a TV chef who runs the Red Onion restaurant in Glasgow said: "As far as her Burns menu is concerned it's dull as dishwater.
My furniture looks lounge more as dull as dishwater and as for sitting on it, its like sitting on a huge bag of crisps.
If possible use the bathwater to flush the toilet, fill the washing machine, or water plants (use the dishwater for this, too).
No chance of that because he's as dull as dishwater.