dry spell


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dry spell

1. A period characterized by an extended lack of rain. My plants are looking all withered thanks to this dry spell we've had recently.
2. A period characterized by a lack of activity. Because I'm going through a dry spell as a freelancer, I'm constantly worried about how I'm going to pay my bills.
3. slang A period during which one has not been able to engage in sexual activity. No, I haven't had sex since I broke up with my girlfriend, OK? I'm just going through a dry spell right now.
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dry spell

Rur. a period with no rain. The dry spell killed the crops. We ain't had such a long dry spell since 1988.
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In addition, smaller tubers were harvested because of the dry spell. Northern Mindanao was the top-producing region in the country, accounting for 41 percent of the national cassava output during the period.
He said the dry spell has affected several water supply areas at Telok Melano, Sri Aman, Pantu, Selangau, Penibong, Kuala Balingian and Suai under the Sarawak Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB).
The vast areas of Greater Cholistan continued to have dry spell and the dwellers were forced to shift to other places for want of drinking water and fodder for their animals.
According to the weatherman, the dry spell is expected to continue for four more months making an already bad situation worse.
With extended dry spell, the Philippine Rice Information System (PRISM) researchers have also reminded farmers in El Nino-affected provinces to practice proper water and farm management techniques.
This continued in May when 40 provinces were placed under drought conditions while 6 provinces were under a dry spell.
The provincial disaster management office, he said, is waiting for feedback from LGUs affected by the dry spell.
Initially, we will look for LGUs with the highest percentage of farmers that are affected by the dry spell and the only water source is dependent on rain.
Bohol, Cebu, and Southern Leyte may experience dry spell by end of May.
Just days after declaring an earlier-than-usual start of the dry season, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) warned that some areas under a dry spell could transition to drought by next month.
Areas are under a dry spell if they have had 'three consecutive months of below normal rainfall, or two consecutive months of way below normal rainfall.'
The prolonged dry spell had not only caused water shortage in many rural and urban parts of the district but also had a negative impact on the crops yield.
RAWALPINDI:After a prolonged dry spell, the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad received light
RAWALPINDI -- After a prolonged dry spell, the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad received light rain fall of the winter on Monday bringing the temperature down.
Citizens were suffering from cold and flu and other ailments due to the dry spell and more than 100 patients would come to seek treatment at government-run hospitals every day.