[dish-waw-ter, -wot-er]
water in which dishes are, or have been, washed.
dull as dishwater/ditchwater, extremely dull; boring.

1475–85; dish + water Unabridged
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dishwater (ˈdɪʃˌwɔːtə)
1.  water in which dishes and kitchen utensils are or have been washed
2.  something resembling this: that was dishwater, not coffee

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see dull as dishwater.

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Example sentences
Most days, the building blends into the landscape of dishwater-colored hills.
Dispose of dishwater in the main current of the river.
For example, the shower could wait until the dishwater is done.
If the river is muddy, allow dishwater to settle and remove sediment before use.
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