Definition of dishwater noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdɪʃwɔːtə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪʃwɔːtər//
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  • water that somebody has used to wash dirty plates, etc. (humorous) The coffee looked and tasted like dishwater (= it was weak and unpleasant).
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    (as) dull as ditchwater (British English) (US English (as) dull as dishwater)
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    extremely boring I always found history as dull as ditchwater. More Like ThisSimiles in idioms (as) bald as a coot, (as) blind as a bat, (as) bright as a button, (as) bold as brass, as busy as a bee, as clean as a whistle, (as) dead as a/​the dodo, (as) deaf as a post, (as) dull as ditchwater, (as) fit as a fiddle, as flat as a pancake, (as) good as gold, (as) mad as a hatter/​a March hare, (as) miserable/​ugly as sin, as old as the hills, (as) pleased as Punch, as pretty as a picture, (as) regular as clockwork, (as) quick as a flash, (as) safe as houses, (as) sound as a bell, (as) steady as a rock, (as) thick as two short planks, (as) tough as old bootsSee worksheet.
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