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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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not so dusty

Fairly or passably good; acceptable or adequate. Primarily heard in UK. We had a cricket team of our own when I was a young lad; we weren't so dusty, either.
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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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There is a clear dichotomy between the aphelion season, when the atmosphere is relatively clear and the direct component dominates, and the perihelion season, when the atmosphere is dustier and the diffuse component becomes more important than the direct irradiation.
I would hate to see my oft-perused books and even their dustier counterparts fade away, but somehow I don't think that will happen for a long time--in the meantime, this could be the only way to go on safari with Hemingway, Ruark and Capstick.
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.
Then the songs started going down dustier roads than he was used to.
In an even dustier discovery, the New York Society Library, while digitizing an old ledger, was reminded last month that George Washington still owes it two books he checked out in Oct.
The ambient air samples from each of the two City farm sites (site three) were considerably dustier than each of the intown sites of the two cities.
We expect these gentlemen who had complaints in the election to wake up and clearly separate their path from this wicked movement, not to come out and issue statements again and make the air dustier.
If anything, some of the 9% who disagreed took an even dustier view: they thought there was no inevitability and the crisis had been caused by the wilful greed of some in the financial community.
one of the dustier corners of our picture archive we have retrieved this photograph taken in August 1962.
She should have got someone to give her a mum fringe and select her some clothes from the dustier reaches of the cardi department of Marks & Spencer.
Later observations indicated that Eta Carinae and the whole area around the star seem much brighter and dustier.
Indoors, the large diningroom is modern, bright and clean (well, apart from the slightly shabby wooden blinds that were dustier than Lord Lucan's mantelpiece).