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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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1999) "Mechanismen im Reibkontakt trockenlaufender Bremsen und Kupplungen (Mechanism in friction contacts of dryly running brakes and clutches)", Technische Universitat Berlin, Germany
In the context of recent British art, Chadwick supplies a missing link between dryly intellectual yet body-conscious work like Mary Kelly's Post-Partum Document, 1973-79, and that of blood-and-guts sensationalists such as Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, and Marc Quinn--if anybody wants one.
Or, as he once dryly remarked, "Asking me to choose between my identity as a gay man and my identity as a black one is like asking if I prefer my right ball to my left ball.
You don't know her,evidently,''Clark replies, dryly.
Discussions of the amendment are dryly juridical, all full faith and credit, state's rights, and federalist principles.
The least appetizing brand was used in Eniac," McCartney notes dryly.
There he wrote dryly that "a range of expectation which takes us from a wanton figurative ingenuity to the apprehension of the timeless in time leaves scope for enquiry" (6).
Randall Eberts, an economist at the Cleveland Fed who spent many months at Bush's Council of Economic Advisers reviewing the politically charged literature on income inequality, said dryly, "This 1991 data certainly would have been welcome in the Bush administration had we had it.
The company dryly added that it has two rather posh offices in Monaco and Belgium in addition to 2,000 square feet of newly leased office space in Minneapolis currently being refurbished to accommodate the company's expansion.
This is a dryly amusing, well-made film with enough excitement and suspense to keep us hooked.
Even the most monogamous men flunk monogamy," Weinstock said dryly, eliciting snickers from the aud.
The books are tongue-in-cheek and dryly droll, but the game fails to convey that.
These works exude a deep ambivalence--no matter where they're from, these artists are coolly observant, dryly funny, and inconclusive.