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

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Sow stalls for dry sow and farrowing crates for lactating sows have been used for about the last 40 years in Taiwan.
On the show, Mr Oliver decried the use of the dry sow stall in other countries, with no mention that British farmers fought hard to keep this barbaric contraption in the UK.
Grain growers will often 'dry sow' even if the 'seasonal break' has not occurred, because of the effect of sowing time on yield potential.