The country grew tired of the relentless pictures of death in drab on the evening news and an economy out of control.
Gottlieb waxes this drab compromise to high luster, calling it “taking the best available option and appreciating it.”
Berlusconi is tolerated by Italians at least in part because he offers a colorful alternative to a government of drab bureaucrats.
But why do the outdoor scenes look as dank and drab as the gas-lit, sepia-toned interiors?
It is long past time for the drab Republican stalwarts to turn to a low-key but heavy-lifting leader.
The hotel was drab and decayed exteriorly; but the dining room was a continental elegance of marble, gilt, and mirrors.
He began to see things truly by the drab light of retrospection.
It was a different world from the harsh, drab prairie to which we had come eight months ago.
The world—my world before this night—now seemed to have been so drab.
It tingled in the blood and took a man out of the drab world where every day was like the one before it.
1680s, "color of natural, undyed cloth," from Middle French drap (see drape (n.)). Figurative sense is c.1880. Apparently not related to earlier word meaning "a dirty, untidy woman" (1510s), "a prostitute" (1520s), which seems to be connected with Irish drabog, Gaelic drabag "dirty woman," and perhaps with Low German drabbe "dirt." Ultimately perhaps from PIE *dher- "to make muddy." Meaning "small, petty debt" (the sense in dribs and drabs) is 1828, of uncertain connection to the other senses.