One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
attributive Lacking the will or ability to act effectively.‘a milk-and-water rebel’
insipid, uninspired, colourless, uninteresting, feeble, flat, dead, dull, boring, tedious, tired, unexciting, uninspiring, unimaginative, lifeless, zestless, spiritless, sterile, anaemic, tame, bloodless, jejune, vacuous, bland, stale, trite, pallid, wishy-washy, watery, tasteless, flavourlessView synonyms
- ‘But the best of him testifies both to his unyielding pursuit of perfection in his craft and to a character that was far from being the milk-and-water saint of legend.’
- ‘On the other hand pious people often have little respect for what they dismiss as milk-and-water values like kindness and compassion.’
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