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dishwater

[dish-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈdɪʃˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər/
noun
1.
water in which dishes are, or have been, washed.
Idioms
2.
dull as dishwater / ditchwater, extremely dull; boring.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; dish + water
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British Dictionary definitions for dull as dish water

dishwater

/ˈdɪʃˌwɔːtə/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for dull as dish water

dishwater

n.

also dish-water, "water where dishes have been washed," late 15c., from dish (n.) + water (n.). Used figuratively of weak broth, coffee, etc., from 1719.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dull as dish water

dishwater

noun

Weak and scarcely drinkable soup, coffee, etc (1719+)

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Idioms and Phrases with dull as dish water

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