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English definition of “watch paint dry”

watch paint dry

informal humorous
used to refer to an activity that you consider extremely boring : "So you don't want to watch the football ?" "To be honest , I would rather watch paint dry ."Tedious and uninspiring
(Definition of watch paint dry from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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