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These verbs mean to remove the moisture from: drying the dishes; added water to eggs that were dehydrated; a factory where coconut meat is shredded and desiccated; land parched by the sun. See Also Synonyms at sour.
- Arid as the sands of the Sahara —Joseph Conrad
The everyday cliche is “Dry as the Sahara.”
- (I’ll) drain him dry as hay —William Shakespeare
- Dries up like snakeskin —Kate Grenville
- (Her words were) dry as the rustle of old leaves —William Beechcroft
- Dry and cracking like the bindings on rare books —Diane Wakoski
- (His throat was) dry as a desert —Colin Forbes
- (Heart) dry as an autumn leaf —Nelson Algren
- (You’ll sweat until you’re as) dry as an old gourd —George Garrett
- Dry as ashes —Fisher Ames
Variations of this much-used cliche include “Dry as dust” as well as frame-of-reference switches such as “White as ashes.”
- (His sensitive palate as) dry as a bread crust —W. S. Gilbert
- Dry as a spinster on a Saturday night —line from “St. Elsewhere” television drama, broadcast December 16, 1986
- (I was) dry as a stick —Thomas Gray
Gray used this in combination with two other similes: “I was dry as a stick, hard as a stone, and cold as a cucumber.”
- (Her voice was) dry as burned paper —Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
- (My heart felt as) dry as dirt —Bernard Malamud
- (Their intellectuality is as) dry as dung that’s lain on a dusty road for weeks —Louis Adamic
A shorter version seen in a poem by W. D. Snodgrass: “Parched as dung.”
- Dry as faded marigold —Stephen Vincent Benét
- Dry as last year’s crow’s nest —Anon
- Dry as poverty —John Ashbery
- Dry as woodash —Marge Piercy
- [Feeling of teeth against lips] dry as sandpaper —William Faulkner
- (Hair) dry as spun glass —Elizabeth Spencer
- (He was dry-looking, as) dry as talc —Marianne Wiggins
- Dry as the white dunes under sunlight —Marge Piercy
- Dry up faster than a pressed corsage —Reynolds Price
- Parched like an open mouth —Charles Simic
|Noun||1.||dryness - the condition of not containing or being covered by a liquid (especially water)|
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
drought, drouth - a shortage of rainfall; "farmers most affected by the drought hope that there may yet be sufficient rain early in the growing season"
aridness, thirstiness, aridity - a deficiency of moisture (especially when resulting from a permanent absence of rainfall)
sereness - a withered dryness
conjunctivitis arida, xeroma, xerophthalmia, xerophthalmus - abnormal dryness of the conjunctiva and cornea of the eyes; may be due to a systemic deficiency of vitamin A
wetness - the condition of containing or being covered by a liquid (especially water); "he confirmed the wetness of the swimming trunks"
|2.||dryness - moderation in or abstinence from alcohol or other drugs|
|3.||dryness - objectivity and detachment; "her manner assumed a dispassion and dryness very unlike her usual tone"|
dryness[ˈdraɪnɪs] n (gen) → secchezza; (of ground) → aridità
she remarked with some dryness that ... → osservò con una punta d'ironia che...