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But the fight was lackluster after all the hype #MayweathervMcgregor -- IMAC ELBAKAERBNU (@BeySatisfied) August 27, 2017 The Tylt is focused on debates and conversations around news, current events and pop culture.
Holding back tears, Fallon tore into Trump for his lackluster response to the racist displays of violence.
However, Benedict’s statements ring true to orthodox Catholics, who could apply them to certain problems in the Church, including the lackluster approach that some clergy take to divorce and remarriage.
Before she was known as the eternally silenced, intersectional, resistance-princess-in-waiting, Kamala Harris was the relatively lackluster attorney general of California.
Stimpson also argued that the plan would help bring up the city's lackluster recycling rate.
Last year, a 37.2 percent increase in spending by business and industry made up for lackluster consumer purchasing, driving taxable sales at local businesses up 3.1 percent to $55.9 billion, Beacon reported.
During last week's U.S. Swimming Nationals at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, however, Pieroni put a lackluster 200 free performance from a year ago behind him for good.
But even Valerian's lackluster plot isn't this movie's biggest problem—and unfortunately the problem is right there in the title.
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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.
First Known Use of lackluster
LACKLUSTER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lackluster for English Language Learners
: lacking excitement or interest
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