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a dusty answer

Definition of a dusty answer in English:

British A curt and unhelpful reply.
Example sentences
  • Anyone who did approach us would be given a dusty answer.
  • The SSP's representative raising this point in debate, received a dusty answer from the First Minister about not running to Westminster ‘every time we have a nose-bleed’.
  • But wanting a game console and a mobile phone for a birthday got a pretty dusty answer.
curt, abrupt, terse, brusque, blunt, short, clipped, snappy, snappish, sharp, crisp, tart, gruff, offhand, ungracious, rude, impolite, discourteous, bad-tempered;
unhelpful, uncooperative, disobliging
informal snippy
See parent entry: dusty
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