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

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Dryly humorous, The Dew-point Show might be more entertaining for adults than for young readers.
None of which, Whatley noted dryly, has been repaid, although restitution was part of the plea deal that Washburn agreed to almost a year and a half ago.
hummingbird until nasty old brain-man informed me dryly what was outside
Problems were still arising faster than they could be solved, which the report dryly noted was "not indicative of a system that is maturing." The agency also found that the testing of the system was inadequate.
Erudite, original and dryly humorous, Mercurius Politicus should be among every historian's 'Favourites'.
Though Chikudate's wispy, spiraling leads define the emotional texture of the tracks, it is the pull of Hanna's dryly delivered backgrounds that helps create a mesmerizing sonic tension.
"Since I wrote this before I died I don't know the details but I'm sure my death was inspiring, noble and loving," Rubick said in "P.S: I'm Dead," a dryly witty online obituary he composed for himself (tinyurl.com/ rubick).
Dryly, he said: "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.
The band continues to celebrate the joyousness of jazz, and they are certainly one of the most dryly humorous bunches on the circuit.
"An unfortunate chain of events," commented the Yugoslav defence minister dryly at the time.
"You can't have grassroots activity if you ain't got no grass," he notes dryly.