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

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""Perhaps they could have used more hops?" Robert Lachman said, drily. "But it is just lovely."
Comprising more than fifty works made between 1992 and the present, this exhibition will highlight the full range of Stark's nimble practice--elegant works on paper incorporating found text (from Emily Dickinson's to Robert Musil's), collages repurposing junk mail (including gallery postcards), and a PowerPoint piece (Structures That Fit My Opening and Other Parts Considered in Relation to Their Whole, 2006) that uses the drily corporate format to unexpectedly moving effect by addressing the everyday convolutions of raising a child and teaching while attending to the difficulties of making art in fleeting moments.
It's just that Orner's drily witty look at the foibles of contemporary gay culture and romance relied more on observational humor than on plot or character, leaving any potential adapters with their work cut out for them.
He rather drily notes, however, that this title soon disappeared and that by the second century it was no longer used (p.
(Kraye drily observes that "the vastness of Galluzzi's erudition almost justifies the size of his commentary".) Most contributors are kept busy enough by the printed material, but Richard Popkin, in his lively survey of the religious background, valuably reminds us how many texts by Hartlib, Dury, Locke, and Newton survive in yet-unpublished manuscripts, resting in public libraries and private collections in Amsterdam, Oxford, Sheffield, Stockholm, and Zurich.
Asked whether he's concerned about a repeat of the oversupplies that plagued the last Star Wars movie, he drily responds that "The economic climate is a good protector against overshipment."
About the latter, Garfield remarked drily that it was "something on which the members of both houses can unite without distinction of party." This book, which requires no more preparation than high school algebra and geometry (and a willingness not to panic at the sight of formulas), harks back to a day when even politicians understood that, in math, beauty is proof and proof beauty.
"It is hardly surprising that an event of such magnitude has been interpreted differently by various historians," she drily comments and then gives us three long paragraphs on the said historians' interpretations.
("A man and a woman leave a country full of wolves for a country full of actual wolves," drily explains the narrator/tour guide/troubadour/snarky sideline commentator, played by Caplan.)
But British rowing great James Cracknell, referring to his sport, drily tweeted: "Only six Russians left - they get a room each!"