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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.
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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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reply to (someone or something)

To offer an answer or response to someone or something. We must reply to this brutal dictatorship's actions with an equal display of force. There's no point replying to someone like him—the only thing he's hoping for is to stir up controversy.
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reply to someone or something

to give a response to someone or something. I replied to her already. There is no reason to do it again. I will reply to her letter as soon as I can.
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a dusty answer

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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.
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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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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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Dune part, la dynamique peut etre centripete quand le danger venant des campagnes, la ville est tenue de se replier sur elle-meme.
De toute facon, si l'Egypte veut etre grande, elle doit continuer a s'ouvrir sur le monde exterieur, ne pas se replier sur elle-meme et, bien sur, ne pas revenir au Moyen Age.
Ils trouvent que se replier sur la tradition ancestrale est un acte indispensable pour le plein epanouissement de l'individu, l'important ici etant d'eviter toute forme de communautarisme a outrance qui embrigaderait la creativite et condamnerait toute initiative de modernite ou de mondialisation.
Chaque terme semble, en fait, avancer et se replier de fawn a rendre sensible ce "flux et reflux des marees," cette "lutte," ce "dechirement" et ce "raz de maree" (44) ...
Elle divorce finalement en 2004, ce qui le pousse a se replier une fois de plus sur luimeme.
"Tres chagrin du peu d'affection que je trouve chez les gens de cette exposition pour m'etre utile[s], j'ai du plaisir a [begin strike through]etre-utile[end strike through] [me replier sur moi-meme], [begin strike through]quand meme[end strike through] et -ne pouvant tirer grand profit de l'affection des autres, je me nourris du souvenir de mes propres sentiments."
Quant aux vieux vendeurs senegalais, ils ne font que replier leur presentoir en tissus blancs ou sont etales des sacs pour femmes en faisant semblant de s'eloigner des lieux en marchant.
Puis Eliot explique les consequences du proces de Wilde, allant jusqu'a lui imputer l'etablissement (pour lui, regrettable) de l'Irish Free State, en raison de la rupture de la connexion entre Londres et Dublin, qui obligea les auteurs irlandais a se replier sur leur ile ou, faute de mieux, ils sacrifierent, comine Synge, au mythe des << sujets irlandais >> et nourrirent la fievre nationaliste de leurs compatriotes :