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dry spell

1. A period characterized by an extended lack of rain. My plants are looking all withered thanks to this dry spell we've had recently.
2. A period characterized by a lack of activity. Because I'm going through a dry spell as a freelancer, I'm constantly worried about how I'm going to pay my bills.
3. slang A period during which one has not been able to engage in sexual activity. No, I haven't had sex since I broke up with my girlfriend, OK? I'm just going through a dry spell right now.
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dry spell

Rur. a period with no rain. The dry spell killed the crops. We ain't had such a long dry spell since 1988.
See also: dry, spell
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Growers expressed their happiness as the dry spell broke, saying rain would benefit the fruit orchards and wheat crop.
For Silvester Bungei, a farmer in Nakuru County, one of the biggest challenge he is facing as the dry spell persist is acute shortage of water.
Talking to reporter, District Health Officer Dr Amir Sheikh said the rain would hopefully end dry cough, cold, chest and throat infections and other health problems caused by the dry spell.
While the dry spell poses a big threat to agriculture, Wentzel said he doesn't expect cities to be hit quite as hard.
The dry spell caused by El Nino, as well as the devastation caused by Typhoons Karen (international code name Sarika) and Lawin (international code name Haima), slashed output, according to data from the PSA.
He said that if the dry spell continues for some time the country will miss the wheat sowing as well as production target.
In Maguindanao, the dry spell did not only wilt crops but also triggered a rat infestation that damaged hundreds of hectares of farms, said farmer Rahib Mamaluba.
This would include 16,825 hectares of farmlands ravaged by the dry spell affecting 25,752 farmers a production loss of 724, 407 metric tons equivalent to losses amounting to P420.
However, such analysis, which makes use of the dry spell, particularly the extreme dry spell reflecting the variation of extreme drought condition, still needs to be further concerned and analyzed.
Jhansi Lakshmi, a senior official in Natural Calamities Evaluation section of the directorate of agriculture, said that the dry spell is having a bad impact on the crops, especially on the paddy.
Turkey's Energy Minister, as cited by the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency (BTA), told journalists in Bursa that the water resources in the dams had decreased substantially as a result of the dry spell, most notably in the districts in eastern and southeastern Anatolia.
The Australian city is already feeling the heat as the dry spell drags and expected to peak again on Feb 23, Sunday.
This is the second time that a shortage of fuel was reported after the dry spell that was first recorded on May 13.
London, Apr 5 ( ANI ): Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has said that he believes that the dry spell of striker Robin Van Persie will end soon, after claiming recently that Van Persie may be feeling the strain of his excellent first season at Old Trafford.
Many of the dry spell studies are based on rain-gauge observations (Martin-Vide et Gomez, 1999; Anagnostopoulou et al.