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DRY. Used figuratively, it signifies that which produces nothing; as, dry exchange; dry rent; rent seek.

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I can tell you," said Sir Patrick, in his gravest and dryest manner.
said Mr Pancks, entering on a series of the dryest snorts.
Pick the dryest (and therefore purest) champagne or fizz and the red wine with the fewest additives, such as organic varieties.