milk and water

milk-and-water

old-fashioned Weak; insipid; lacking strength or determination. (Used before a noun.) They accused him of having only milk-and-water policies that wouldn't upset either party. The studio would only let me make a milk-and-water version of the documentary, as they didn't want to offend anyone in positions of power or influence.

milk and water

feeble, insipid, or mawkish.
See also: and, milk, water
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Islamabad -- The sale of substandard packed milk and water in sealed bottle is at peak across the country including federal capital.
The trick (for success) is cooking the artichokes in milk and water and keeping the cover on.
He said that there was no standard laboratory in the country to check the milk and water.