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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.
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His suggestion that farmers should do something about it received a dusty reply from the National Farmers' Union - as did the views of Viva, the vegan group, that it is more efficient to feed crops directly to people rather than dairy cows or livestock raised for meat.