paint-by-numbers


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paint-by-numbers

adj
formulaic; showing no original thought or creativity
[C20: from children's painting books in which the colours to be used are identified by numbers on the design to be painted]
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The chansons franchises by legendary singer-songwriter Charles Aznavour--with nuanced English lyrics and a savvy musical adaptation by Jason Robert Brown--give the musical a real taste of Gaul-on-the-Rialto, but this paint-by-numbers show needs more than musical elan.
BBC1 paint-by-numbers heartstringstugger The Gift's search for a woman's long-lost jilted lover, who she cheated on and ended up pregnant, hinging on a man named Willy Horn.
Obama signed a massive paint-by-numbers artwork created for the show and gave her thoughts, and hugs, to eighth-graders who helped paint it and created a poster of their own.
The plot is truly, utterly predictable - an unimaginative paint-by-numbers family drama - and Butler, who we're used to seeing in action roles, never manages to convince.
Klein asked his artist to provide a physical example of his suggestion for evaluation and, in short order, a paint-by-numbers prototype was fabricated.
Whilst a paint-by-numbers approach to encouraging artistic expression seems a bit passe, I would want to argue that there is considerable value in this book.
A Kidderminster-based art products manufacturer has joined forces with comic giant Marvel to produce a new Spider-Man-themed paint-by-numbers range.
In this manifesto Lockhart explains that mathematics is in fact an art and that by reducing it to a set of facts and procedures to be memorized modern education methods have left nothing but a boring shell; comparable to studying music only with notation and theory, or painting through color swatches and paint-by-numbers.
Several minutes late to a recent speaking engagement with the National Conference of Editorial Writers, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius could have reached the top floor of Kansas City's Intercontinental Hotel and delivered a dry, paint-by-numbers address that she's probably doled out to audiences a thousand times before.
and a potential Adrian replacement (newcomer Geraldine Hughes) who says stuff like, ``The last thing to age on somebody is their heart,'' reminds us that there's always been a lot of paint-by-numbers sentimentality in the Rocky saga, too.
Perhaps that is what happened with artist Timothy Berry (born 1948) who received a paint-by-numbers set from his grandmother when he was about 8 years old.
My finished product, on the other hand, could be matched to that produced by any other kid whose parents bought him the same paint-by-numbers activity set.