exciting as watching paint dry

(as) exciting as watching paint dry

Very dull or boring. Everyone loves that period drama, but, to me, it's as exciting as watching paint dry. Rachel fell asleep during the big game because she thinks that watching sports is exciting as watching paint dry.
See also: dry, exciting, paint, watch

*exciting as watching (the) paint dry

very, very dull. (Sarcastic. *Also: about as ~; as ~.) This book is about as exciting as watching paint dry. Listening to you is exciting as watching the paint dry.
See also: dry, exciting, paint, watch
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I used to find England games as exciting as watching paint dry, but I really enjoy watching Southgate's team.
RACHEL - "About as exciting as watching paint dry. She was a completely different character during the auditions and even shouted at me to shut up."
Mansell had his day but he's about as exciting as watching paint dry.
Let's just say it right out: The vast majority of the usual "hunting" and "outdoor" shows out there are about as exciting as watching paint dry. How many times can you hear two guys in a duck blind wonder if the birds will be coming by in a few minutes, or an hour, or in five hours?
Riveting stuff, almost as exciting as watching paint dry.
YOU might think that a book called Paint sounds just about as exciting as watching paint dry.
Not for the first time, I wanted to get excited about England's potential but I found it about as exciting as watching paint dry.