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Recent Examples of lackluster from the Web
And in the wake of the Great Recession — and lackluster recovery — the economic thinking of the Democratic Party’s Establishment intellectuals has moved dramatically leftward.
That could solve many of the frustrations some users have with the Mac platform, like the lack of an upgrade path for professional-use machines that depend on graphics power and lackluster gaming performance in the latest games.
Whatever the case, a lackluster night up front would raise a serious red flag.
Forbes even predicted that Bones could be the key to boosting the show's lackluster ratings.
The issue of rebuilding infrastructure generally draws a lackluster response from taxpayers, Gray says.
After one lackluster season in Houston, Osweiler was traded away along with draft picks to the Cleveland Browns in a move designed to dump salary.
Photo: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg News Despite copper’s lackluster start to the year, some investors expect prices to recover as Chinese economic data strengthens and interest rate and trade policies become clearer.
Carson Palmer did it after lackluster seasons with the Raiders.
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Did You Know?
In its earliest uses, "lackluster" (also spelled "lacklustre") usually described the eyes or face, as in "a lackluster stare." Later, it came to describe other things whose sheen had been removed; Charles Dickens, in his 1843 novel Martin Chuzzlewit, writes of the faded image of the dragon on the sign outside a village alehouse: "many a wintry storm of rain, snow, sleet, and hail, had changed his colour from a gaudy blue to a faint lack-lustre shade of grey." In addition to "a glow or sheen," "luster" can refer to a superficial attractiveness or appearance of excellence; it follows that "lackluster" is often used as a synonym for "unspectacular," as in our examples.
LACKLUSTER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lackluster for English Language Learners
: lacking excitement or interest
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