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dusty miller

Any of several low-growing plants that have fuzzy stems and leaves. I think I've got a dusty miller growing in my backyard.
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not so dusty

Fairly or passably good; acceptable or adequate. Primarily heard in UK. We had a cricket team of our own when I was a young lad; we weren't so dusty, either.
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a dusty answer


a dusty reply

If you ask for something or suggest something and you get a dusty answer or a dusty reply, you receive an unpleasant and negative answer. He asked three times to speak to the king, but each time received a dusty answer. Ask a world-class sportsman to spend several hours testing your product and you are likely to receive a dusty reply.
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a dusty answer

a curt and unhelpful reply. British
The source of this expression is probably a passage in George Meredith's Modern Love ( 1862 ): ‘Ah, what a dusty answer gets the soul when hot for certainties in this our life!’
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not so dusty

(of a person's health or situation) fairly good. British informal, dated
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a dusty ˈanswer

(old-fashioned, British English) an unhelpful or a sharp response to a request or question: When I asked the company what their policy was on this matter, I received a very dusty answer.
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1. n. a very large pair of buttocks. (Use with caution.) What an enormous duck-butt!
2. and dusty butt n. a short person, especially someone with large buttocks. (Rude and derogatory.) The duck-butt who just came in reminds me of somebody I once knew.

dusty butt

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n. the posterior; the buttocks. (see also duster.) I almost kicked him in the rusty-dusty.
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In addition to the belt, the team notes hints of other dusty features.
I'm hoping that visiting the Dogs Trust Dog School will help us learn how we can make sure Dusty behaves at home, and when he's cheering me on from the sideline.
During the last couple of those classes (which I took too) I invited Dusty over to sort of sit at my elbow, observe--and get his hands dirty.
Dusty weather with another drop in temperatures are predicted to prevail on Thursday, to become 5 degrees Celsius lower than annual average.
Despite challenges in the music business, Wojcik attributes Dusty Groove's ability to grow and expand over the years to its diverse array of customers.
Last week Phill left his job as the head of operations to run Dusty Knuckle full-time while Deb gave notice last year to focus on bringing up their first child and the next venture for the business, which was among 12 Welsh pizza restaurants to make a guide to the best pizzas in the world.
Instead of 80 covers at Colnebridge, the Dusty will allow them to seat 120 people and the car park is almost three times as big.
Helen, 69, mentioned Dusty to apitherapist Yvonne Matthews, who treats people with medicinal bee products.
Fans of the first film will recall how humble crop-dusting plane Dusty Crophopper made big in the world of competitive racing.
Nevertheless, he remained in contact with Dusty and his wife Jen, and they spoke about Dusty's love of sea fishing.
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Meanwhile, various Lebanese regions witnessed dusty weather with active winds, causing bad visibility in certain areas.
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD Live At The Royal Albert Hall (Salvo) CAPTURED on both CD and DVD, here's one of the great concert performances by Dusty Springfield - Britain's best ever female vocalist.