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(as) boring as beans

Very boring or unexciting. My date with Dave was not great—he is as boring as beans. I fell asleep during that movie because it was as boring as beans. No, I didn't do my reading for English class because the book Mrs. Andrews assigned is boring as beans.
See also: bean, boring

be (as) boring as beans

To be very boring or unexciting. My date with Dave was not great—he is as boring as beans. A: "How was the movie?" B: "Boring as beans! I fell asleep about halfway through."
See also: bean, boring

bear away

1. To carry or transport someone or something away. A noun or pronoun can be used between "bear" and "away." We sat teary-eyed on the platform as the train bore our only son away to college. A team of laborers began bearing away the debris, piece by piece.
2. nautical To steer the boat away from the direction of the wind. The helmsman began shouting for the crew to bear away to gain a burst of speed from the increasing wind.
See also: away, bear

bear off

1. To carry or transport someone or something away. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "bear" and "off." We sat teary-eyed on the platform as the train bore our only son off to college. A team of laborers began bearing off pieces of the debris one at a time.
2. nautical To steer the boat away from the direction of the wind. The helmsman began shouting for the crew to bear off in order to gain a burst of speed from the increasing wind.
3. nautical To steer the boat away from some obstruction or other hazard. Be sure to bear off those rocks. The last thing we need now is a breach in the hull.
4. In backgammon, to clear a checker off the board, the objective of the game. Now that all of his checkers are home, he can begin bearing off.
See also: bear, off

bear off from (someone or something)

1. To carry or transport someone or something away from someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "bear" and "off." We sat teary eyed on the platform as the train bore our only son off from us. A team of laborers began bearing pieces of debris off from the wreckage.
2. nautical To steer the boat in the direction away from something else. The helmsman began shouting for the crew to bear off from the wind in order to gain a burst of speed.
3. nautical To steer the boat away from some obstruction or other hazard. Be sure to bear off from those rocks. The last thing we need now is a breach in the hull.
4. nautical To move away from something else. The steamer bore off from the island, leaving several people stranded.
5. In backgammon, to clear a checker from a particular position on the board. You can't bear off from the three-point yet because there are still checkers on the four-point.
See also: bear, off

bore the pants off (of) (one)

To cause one to be extremely bored, to the point of distraction, frustration, or irritation. Today's lecture bored the pants off me.
See also: bore, off, pant

bore through (someone or something)

1. Literally, to create a hole in an object or material. You're going to need a special drill to bore through something this thick.
2. By extension, to penetrate someone's inner self or emotions, often in a deeply affecting way. I had to turn around and look at the mysterious man because his gaze just bore through me.
See also: bore, through

boring in the extreme

Extremely boring. That film was boring in the extreme—it actually put me to sleep in the theater!
See also: boring, extreme

silly in the extreme

Extremely silly. I thought that movie was silly in the extreme, but the kids loved it.
See also: extreme, silly
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

bear off (of something)

to turn off a road or course. Bear off the main road to the left. Don't bear off too sharply.
See also: bear, off
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

boring, silly, etc. in the exˈtreme

extremely boring, silly, etc: I must admit, it’s puzzling in the extreme just how these books found their way here.
See also: extreme
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
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Before, the lawn stretched boringly out in front of the house toward the street.
Chitrangada stands in contrast to the others -- Jimmy, Dutt and even Mahi -- who all appear boringly wooden in a world Dhulia creates through sickening amorality and wicked scheming.
'Boringly normal' was how Education Secretary Leonor Briones cheerfully described the Monday opening of public schools, perhaps to say that it went on as scheduled.
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As for Lord Heseltine's proposals, they are a mix of the boringly predictable and the utterly useless, in my opinion.
"I am too boringly insecure, which makes me ridiculously down to earth" Bette Midler wishes she could be more of a diva.
The BBC, scrupulously, boringly unbiased, is an easy patsy.
It's boringly dull, but totally true that nothing gets decided now - I just hope that it is a decent spectacle worthy of the billing because very little is these days.
You're starting to repeat yourself and become boringly predictable.
And there was no real sense of panic as the passengers proceeded in a boringly orderly fashion to too few lifeboats.
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Although a conscientious and boringly careful driver with a clean licence for nearly 50 years I also was caught out by the extended 30mph area only a few days (as I now know) after the new signs were erected.
A smorgasbord of fests now thrive--under the banners of Ladyfest, Wiminfest, CampOut Calliope, Sistah Summerfest, and the more boringly named National Women's Music Festival.
While Canada reported another "boringly positive report" as the GDP and employment are growing steadily, yet occupancy levels are decreasing in office and industrial properties as companies more efficiently use space.