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a dusty answer

old-fashioned A curt, rude, or unhelpful answer or response. Primarily heard in UK. I got a dusty answer from the customer service agent when I asked if I could cancel my contract early. If you're hoping to get an extension on the assignment from the professor, you're likely to get a dusty answer.
See also: answer, dusty

a dusty reply

old-fashioned A curt, rude, or unhelpful reply or response. Primarily heard in UK. I got a dusty reply from the customer service agent when I asked if I could cancel my contract early. If you're hoping to get an extension on the assignment from the professor, you're likely to get a dusty reply.
See also: dusty, reply

dusty butt

rude slang Someone who is short in stature. Oh yeah, a dusty butt like Janine will have a hard time seeing over all of these people in the crowd.
See also: butt, dusty

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 back yard.
See also: dusty, miller

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!
See also: dusty, not

rusty-dusty

1. adjective Characterized by red or rust-colored soil or dust. I love running along the rusty-dusty trails in the foothills of these mountains.
2. slang One's buttocks. Primarily heard in US. Get up off your rusty-dusty and go take out the trash!
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a dusty answer

or

a dusty reply

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
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.
See also: answer, dusty
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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!’
See also: answer, dusty

not so dusty

(of a person's health or situation) fairly good. British informal, dated
See also: dusty, not
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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.
See also: answer, dusty
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duck-butt

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

verb
See also: butt, dusty

rusty-dusty

n. the posterior; the buttocks. (see also duster.) I almost kicked him in the rusty-dusty.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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In the analyzed projects, only the costs of dustiness have been determined due to a rather simple calculation system (Automobiliu keliu investiciju vadovas 2006) and a more detailed ecological evaluation of the projects more frequently has a descriptive character or remind us of using multi- criteria evaluation methods (mostly--of expert judgement) the main reason for which could be the imperfection of methods for evaluating the results of environmental impact.
Everywhere beyond the room, beyond the dustiness and the clay models draped in plastic sheeting, the stones stacked in the corner and the tools laid out on the long green bench, beyond this place, everything was formless and impossible to know.
As if to ease the cowboy's passage to the mid-20th-century, Kaufman shoots the scenes at Edwards Air Force Base in ways that emphasize its dustiness, isolation, and backwardness.
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When working on time payment, they limited output to reduce the pace, intensity and dustiness of the work.
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Wayne Pigments, for example, has developed versions of strontium chromate and basic zinc chromate inhibitor pigments characterized by "ultra low dustiness." The company's R & D efforts are also directed towards the development of zinc(II)-free corrosion-inhibitor pigments.
The faint whiff of bile seems to retreat, however, as the homesteads fade into the rear distance and we whizz up over the gum trees that swathe the mountains of the Great Dividing Range, across miles of hot, dry dustiness, until the drought gives way to the vines and the horses of the Nagambie oasis.
Mold growth can decrease seed viability and increase discoloration, changes in seed composition, dustiness, and production of toxic compounds called mycotoxins.
He had a light and spacious office, quite clean and tidy, I thought, but there was nevertheless an air of the general dustiness that seemed to pervade the whole of Parrington Hall.