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

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After enrollment, farms having pregnant cows expected to start drying-off in July to October 2009, with drying off periods ranging from 40 to 80 days, were included.
Mother and son duo were later photographed drying off, as Lilly changed into an asymmetrical bathing suit and long red skirt.
Proving the beach isn't just for summer, David Young of Wallsend captured this cormorant, right, drying off in the sun at Cullercoats, North Tyneside.
After drying off the church members made their way to the Emmanuel Centre for a barbecue.
demands until release: the drying off, the drying up, before the golden