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dusty miller

Any of several low-growing plants that have fuzzy stems and leaves. I think I've got a dusty miller growing in my backyard.
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a dusty answer


a dusty reply

If you ask for something or suggest something and you get a dusty answer or a dusty reply, you receive an unpleasant and negative answer. He asked three times to speak to the king, but each time received a dusty answer. Ask a world-class sportsman to spend several hours testing your product and you are likely to receive a dusty reply.
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a dusty answer

a curt and unhelpful reply. British
The source of this expression is probably a passage in George Meredith's Modern Love ( 1862 ): ‘Ah, what a dusty answer gets the soul when hot for certainties in this our life!’
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not so dusty

(of a person's health or situation) fairly good. British informal, dated
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a dusty ˈanswer

(old-fashioned, British English) an unhelpful or a sharp response to a request or question: When I asked the company what their policy was on this matter, I received a very dusty answer.
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1. n. a very large pair of buttocks. (Use with caution.) What an enormous duck-butt!
2. and dusty butt n. a short person, especially someone with large buttocks. (Rude and derogatory.) The duck-butt who just came in reminds me of somebody I once knew.

dusty butt

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n. the posterior; the buttocks. (see also duster.) I almost kicked him in the rusty-dusty.
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That includes people living in Arizona, who may be in for a dustier future.
Sealtite technology can be included for dustier processes where escape of quality, high value product into the reject channel needs to be controlled for minimised product waste.
Whilst that might sound like a benefit, the long-term effects on the landscape might be more detrimental; a drier country could well be a dustier one.
Dustier and longer in rural areas, more polluted and congested in towns, these walks span up to 8 kin in each direction.
Around the halfway point, the terrain changed, becoming much faster, dustier and dangerous.
There are also few laws in place to regulate solar power and it faces some unique technological hurdles, given the Middle East's harsh climate, which is much hotter and dustier than say Europe, where solar thrives.
Here, ambient temperatures are high, and the heat means that it is a much dustier environment; in addition the maintenance people and operators are far less skilled.
Nowadays, they are slower and dustier, which may be why so many of their side have succeeded in the IPL.
Images from the telescope have revealed millions of dusty black hole candidates across the universe and about 1,000 even dustier objects thought to be among the brightest galaxies ever found.
By the way, my house in Florence is far dustier than it was living with coal trains and corn fields.
Nothing about [Aaron] suggests we're in the company of a 35-year-old in the early 21st century; he seems dustier than the 60-year-old in Noah's Compass.
Indeed, Gonzales may well have been relegated to the dustier shelves in the depths of the stacks, but his spirit is alive and well in the twenty-first century and speaking in the voice of .
After 24 years of presiding over increasing rates of lung diseases, as mines got deeper and dustier, it gave 'adequate ventilation' a legal definition.
The dustier the litter (like the common clay litters) and the general environment, the more frequently you will need to change the mat's sheets.
In the Greenway building on King Faisal Street in Sharjah lay dusty bottles in an even dustier environment.