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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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The dustiness of the urban interiors as well as the city streets registers as a sensation, as much as it is a sight.
With a view to using the smallest possible amounts of chlorides and reducing their negative impact on environment, application of new means aimed at reducing gravel road dustiness is required.
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.
2007c) Investigation of seaport air dustiness and dust spread, Journal of Environmental Engineering and Landscape Management, 15(1), pp.
When working on time payment, they limited output to reduce the pace, intensity and dustiness of the work.
Wayne Pigments, for example, has developed versions of strontium chromate and basic zinc chromate inhibitor pigments characterized by "ultra low dustiness.
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.
He is hopeful that his book might open some new eyes to silent movies, which he sees as a vibrant, universally appealing medium despite its perceived dustiness.
This bizarre arrangement is set in a bunkerlike room, where nuances of gray create an illusionistic effect of dustiness and corrosion, evoking the aura of past epochs.
But spend time with Foote's richly human characters and concerns about the play's dustiness quickly fade.
The speaker then pleads with God to be gentle in the face of a human foolishness that believes sufficient tears have been shed without knowing the extent of the dustiness that needs to be counterbalanced.
Small angles of movement, high loads, and operation under conditions of dustiness and increased temperature contribute to local galling in link supports of the output four-link mechanism, located oppositely to directed normal reactions [R.