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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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dull as dishwater

Flat, boring. This expression began life in the eighteenth century as dull as ditchwater, alluding to the muddy color of the water in roadside gullies. “He’d be sharper than a serpent’s tooth, if he wasn’t as dull as ditchwater,” says Dickens’s Fanny Cleaver (Oliver Twist). This version survived on both sides of the Atlantic well into the twentieth century. Either through careless pronunciation or through similar analogy it occasionally became dishwater—water in which dishes had been washed and which consequently was dingy and grayish.
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Looks and smells like dishwater. Completely inedible, this has no redeeming qualities at all and would totally ruin your roast.
Or is it as dull as dishwater? I've always wondered about that saying.
When the bird behind the counter asked him for pounds 5.20, 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.
Hair the colour of dishwater, no make up and bags under eyes.
"That's all it is for PS10.4 million, I've seen more interesting dishwater.
Labour complained that Mr Cameron and Mr Osborne had avoided "full disclosure", as they published summaries of their returns which were "as transparent as dishwater" rather than releasing the original documents.
"But the music was derivative and as dull as dishwater."
Priced from PS650,000 each property in Barston Lane boasts a spacious high speci?cation family kitchen featuring a corian sink with mixer tap, single oven, combination microwave, fridge freezer, ceramic hob, hood and 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...
When I've finished washing up, I use the dishwater to wash the car or wheelie bins."
PRIME Minister Brown is dour, dreary and as dull as dishwater. Having a personal trainer who allegedly indulges in orgies with movie stars could be a blessing in disguise.
A home brew kit, a plastic dustbin in the kitchen and wait four weeks to get 40 pints of alcoholic dishwater that could only be drunk with a peg on the nose.