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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 dishwater

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THE first leg was as dull as ditchwater and there is every chance of a repeat when Chelsea host Olympiakos for a place in the quarter-finals this evening.
But even the presence of ITV golden boys Ant and Dec couldn't disguise that this show is as dull as ditchwater.
But when I watched the internationals over the past week, England's games against San Marino and Estonia were dull as ditchwater, apart from Wayne Rooney's superb free-kick in Tallinn.
Even Jackie (Blythe Duff) cracked a smile last week, though it could have been a nervous tic prompted by the realisation she had just got engaged to the dull as ditchwater Brian.
The mesmerisingly awful Ann Widdecombe aside, the Beeb's 8th annual ballroom blitz is as dull as ditchwater.
IN one of those run-of-the-mill, dull as ditchwater, quotes-based football stories I was reading yesterday, Rio Ferdinand was bemoaning the lack of goals Manchester United were scoring at the moment and saying the team needed to up their scoring rate if they were going to win any silverware this season, writes Steve Palmer.
Starring: Jean Simmons, James Dornan Dull as ditchwater drama about a family visiting grandma.
After the Open, the markets for the US Bank Championship in Milwaukee look dull as ditchwater, but there may be some scope in buying JP Hayes on Sporting's Challengers index.
he grew on me until he opens his mouth and I realise he's dull as ditchwater.
LIFE behind the counter of a lonely truckstop is dull as ditchwater for Lana Turner, above, - then swarthy stranger John Garfield happens by and the pair begin a passionate affair which ends in death and double- cross.
Its believability factor consistently hovered around the zero mark; its attention to detail was no better; it could only have crammed in more cliches if it had taken out some of the banal stereotypes; and, least forgivable of all, it was as dull as ditchwater that had had all the fascinating pond-life filtered out.