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watered-down

1. Literally, of a drink or solution that has been diluted with water. To reduce my daughter's sugar intake, I give her watered-down juice. That cleaner has such a strong smell that I can only use a watered-down version of it.
2. Inferior. That movie was terrible—it's basically just a watered-down version of The Godfather.
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If your topcoat's white, it's best to use watered-down white emulsion for the mist coat, or you may end up doing more coats of topcoat than you need to.
John: The thing that drives me, in the same kind of length as Danny, punk, as far as it is now, it's so safe and watered-down.
By now, the trial lawyers and Nader have been so successful in misleading the public about no-fault insurance that no state has enacted a no-fault measure since 1983, even the watered-down kind.
They swooped on pubs in response to complaints about watered-down and counterfeit booze.
In recent decades, however, the oath has been largely abandoned in favor of watered-down alternative vows (or none at all), due in part to the original Hippocratic proviso: "I will not give to a woman an instrument to produce abortion.
Even a watered-down version of competition seems to encourage some public schools to improve.
Some, however, including a number of university professors, charge that the TERC program is watered-down and misguided, turning out confused kids who need outside tutoring to bolster basic math skills.
More substantial than La Cage aux Folles (which Closet director Francis Veber made in 1978) and light-years above that movie's watered-down American version, The Birdcage, this witty film courageously takes on the corporate world in all its greed and prejudice.
Their sources are not only in Symbolist and Pre-Raphaelite painting but also in the watered-down versions of those modes that were prevalent in graphic art, especially children's book illustration, well into the first half of this century.
In spite of all the compromises, it's worth noting that even watered-down no-fault laws can claim success on several fronts.
While many SMBs currently spend a great deal on IT security, they are still vulnerable to these attacks because most only have firewall and antivirus technology deployed, and most security vendors offer only watered-down versions of expensive enterprise systems requiring maintenance and monitoring that most SMBs simply do not have the resources for.
New plaster is very absorbent and although there are paints and sealers designed for it, a common way to seal it is with watered-down emulsion, as the plaster sucks up the water.
If only it didn't seem like a watered-down version of Allen's 1990 masterpiece ``Crimes and Misdemeanors,'' we might have been able to call it great.
However, critics charge that the museum was so skittish about gay sexual material and condoms that the final version of the exhibit is too watered-down to be of much value.
Inside the makeshift structure of hollow bricks and mortar, the artist would re-create his bedroom from his adolescence in Caracas, complete with furniture in the watered-down international style favored by Venezuela's upper-middle class since the '50s.