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(as) dull as ditchwater

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 ditchwater. I fell asleep during that movie because it was as dull as ditchwater.
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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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(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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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.
No matter how many posh lunches Camilla attends, no matter how much she tries to copy Princess Diana's style by staying in the same hotel and wearing similar outfits, no matter how many royal flunkies she has at her side, the fact is that in comparison with the late Princess, Camilla IS and will remain as dull as ditchwater.
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.
Spain are a serious step up from Japan, Azerbaijan, Costa Rica, Libya and Luxembourg, while the 0-0 draw with Italy was apparently as dull as ditchwater.
THE good folk of Yorkshire and Lancashire might be excited about tonight's Origin match at the JJB Stadium, but from a betting point of view it is as dull as ditchwater.