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1. mod. sober; no longer alcohol intoxicated. How long will Ernie stay dry, do you think?
2. n. a prohibitionist; an abstainer from alcohol. The drys are in an increasing majority.
3. mod. having to do with a region where alcoholic beverages cannot be purchased. (Compare this with wet.) Some small towns are dry, but not many.
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Gauger, Dirk (1998) "Wirkmechanismen und Belastungsgrenzen von Reibpaarungen trocken laufender Kupplungen (Mechanism and maximum loads of friction couples in dryly running clutches)" VDI-Verlag, ISBN 3-18-330101-6, Dusseldorf, Germany
Libraries are closed this Sunday a.m., but if memory serves, it was Sir Winston Churchill who dryly observed that speakers of British and of American English are separated by a common tongue.
Australian novelist and short-story writer whose dryly comic work features eccentric characters and examines relationships between women.
"I'm listening," Lacey said dryly, "but I don't know why."
Graves wrote both lucid, dryly humorous verse and exquisite love poems.
Helmer-writer Richard Trank ("Against the Tide") draws on his subject's diaries, correspondence and publications as well as other historical materials to edifying effect, but the lack of exciting visuals makes this docu one of Moriah Films' more dryly didactic dips into Jewish history.
Asked outside the hospital if he was feeling better, the duke said dryly: "Well, I wouldn't be coming out if I wasn't."
"A dryly written document concerned with a new England and Wales regime for preventing future floods - it's the sort of thing that normally would only attract the interests of those interested in water management and environmental protection.
A salesman pitching repossessed manufactured homes in Alabama concedes his houses "are used" and "sometimes they have stains." "We cover that up," he promises, then dryly recalls the time "my wife's boyfriend broke my jaw with a fence post."
Robin Hood is a clever, idealistic, selfless, dryly humorous and heroic man.
The last book by one of the 20th Century's most opinionated motoring writers, this is Leonard Setright dryly witty memoir of his early years.
Perhaps it is his collaborative spirit that helps Weiser make his objects seem so playful, almost dreamy; they leave the dryly technical tedium of "media art" far behind.
Broadbent's narrative is dryly funny and refreshingly honest, and true travellers will identify with his feelings and reactions.
But there is "some overlap" between his First Amendment and civil rights cases, Josh Wheeler of the Thomas Jefferson Center noted dryly: "Being able to speak with your attorney, we think, is a First Amendment right."