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milk-and-water

[milk-uh n-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈmɪlk ənˈwɔ tər, -ˈwɒt ər/
adjective
1.
ineffective; wishy-washy; lacking will or strength.
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  • Thanks to the milk-and-water softness of your former master!

    Caleb Williams William Godwin
  • It is a milk-and-water affair as it is now, and won't amount to anything.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • I shall not bother making love to the milk-and-water, sentimental creature, as the other one probably did.

    Mischievous Maid Faynie Laura Jean Libbey
  • Only milk-and-water proprieties, tamely-virtuous platitudes.

  • Essay preaching—walking gingerly round duty, and flattering self-love; milk-and-water preaching—colorless, flavorless, and thin.

    Ginger-Snaps Fanny Fern
  • But he was not a milk-and-water man; and, gentle as were his manners, he was an earnest man.

    In The Saddle Oliver Optic
  • But certain it is that he is either blackmailing her in a milk-and-water way, or hypnotizing her to obey his orders.

    Set in Silver Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  • I like the spirit of him; there has been no milk-and-water drither, or lingering here.

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • When you have simply got to reduce your hard-hearted parents to contrition, milk-and-water methods are useless.

    The Believing Years Edmund Lester Pearson
  • But it was no milk-and-water peace, no sugar-and-spice good will.

    On Christmas Day In The Evening Grace Louise Smith Richmond
British Dictionary definitions for milk-and-water

milk-and-water

adjective
1.
(milk and water when postpositive) weak, feeble, or insipid
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