Definition of bone-dry in US English:



  • Extremely or completely dry.

    • ‘There was a lot of rain in the area early last week but the fairways were absolutely bone dry by the week-end.’
    • ‘For two weeks we had a black frost day and night with a strong east wind and then on February 2nd, when everywhere was bone dry at 3pm, the snow started to fall.’
    • ‘The road was now bone dry and we lost visibility totally behind dust clouds whenever a vehicle passed.’
    • ‘The Beale sandhills would be an ideal location for a golf course as the landscape is ideal and it would be bone dry all year round.’
    • ‘Despite the incessant rain that fell in the build up to the game the pitch was bone dry and it allowed both sets of players to play good football.’
    • ‘I got up, turned on the humidifier - it's been bone dry for weeks, but the sound is soothing - and sure enough I fell asleep.’
    • ‘Apparently Gallerus sportsfield is bone dry all the year round.’
    • ‘Our area is bone dry, and rain is desperately needed.’
    • ‘Riesling is one of the most malleable and versatile grapes, producing wine that runs the spectrum from bone dry to lusciously sweet.’
    • ‘I drove around the flower beds on the eastern side of the complex, but they were all bone dry.’
    • ‘Everything was bone dry, and the cedar breaks below the escarpment held not a single robin, waxwing, solitaire, or bluebird.’
    • ‘She says the tank - which had been full hours earlier with enough fuel to keep the company's nine wagons on the road for a month - was absolutely bone dry.’
    • ‘A barrel for water was found in the field, but was bone dry, added Mr Orsborn.’
    • ‘At one point it was pouring with rain on one side of the bus, and bone dry on the other.’
    • ‘To toast, place the spice mix in a bone dry frying pan and heat it until warm and you can smell the fragrance.’
    • ‘Occasionally, when I have travelled into York when there has been a frost, the roads have been bone dry with no white frost nor ice on the road.’
    • ‘Farmers are drilling seed wheat into soil that six months ago was bone dry.’
    • ‘When water is the new currency and the US is bone dry, the Canadians will be the players and decisionmakers.’
    • ‘Australia's long hot summer shows no sign of easing up, with soaring temperatures and bone dry conditions sparking bushfires across the country.’
    • ‘‘Through winter we try and keep the citrus plants dry, without being bone dry, since they aren't growing,’ says Russell.’
    arid, parched, scorched, baked, burned, dried out, dried up, torrid, hot, sizzling, burning
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