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Recent Examples of lackluster from the Web
The Trojans and Washington rebounded from lackluster outings in their openers for convincing wins that separates them from the rest of the conference.
Apple’s latest phone rollout is also its most challenging in years, as the iPhone X carries a premium price, and comes on the tail of lackluster demand for the cheaper iPhone 8.
The party line among Republicans is that Democrats have used the specter of gerrymander as a way to excuse lackluster politics.
The wacky romance that follows is a big upgrade from the lackluster flirtation at the heart of the first movie.
In the past, efforts to treat neurological diseases with gene therapy often had lackluster results, and delivering the vector sometimes required drilling holes in a patient’s skull.
Whether the conspiracy theory was true or not, Bush beat lackluster Democratic nominee John Kerry for lots of reasons other than modest decreases in gasoline prices.
Money managers said there was little exuberance in the market despite the two-decade high, and volume has been lackluster.
There are several possible explanations for the U.S.’s lackluster performance during World Cup qualifying games.
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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.
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