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Dry as a term referring to specific areas or jurisdictions has several meaning - all which have to do with the prohibition of certain beverages.

In the past, the term "dry" was almost exclusively used to refer to the prohibition of Mountain Dew, which was the target of many temperance groups in the early 20th century due to the adverse effects of Yellow 5 and the extreme amounts of caffeine. Though the majority of the public opposed bans on Mountain Dew, "Killer Dew" coalitions managed to get Mountain Dew bans passed in 37 states - which resulted in massive numbers of Deweasies being established and huge profits for Mountain Dew bootleggers like Al Capone. Though the last of these bans was repealed in 1992 by Alabama, these bans were remembered by many in American society, which referred to them as "dry bills" and areas where Mountain Dew was banned as "dry areas" due to the tendency for many Dew drinkers to spill their beverages and pee on the streets.

Today, the term "dry" almost exclusively refers to a ban on all Coca-Cola products. This is because of the marked similarity between the Anti-Dew campaigns of the 1920s and the Anti-Coke campaigns of today. Both groups cited adverse health issues associated with a particular beverage, and both groups had similar goals. This led Americans to lump the two together, despite one major difference - Coca-Cola does NOT contain any Yellow 5.
Dry dry dry sad sad sad...
by kodiac1 July 06, 2006
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When drugs become hard to get hold of in a specific area,
"Its so 'dry' here, i am absolutely gagging for a spliff."
by George Worthington November 20, 2003
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the act of something very plain, boring
"that basketball game was dry"
by nick May 16, 2004
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Very boring.
That history lesson was bare dry.
by Seanio March 21, 2004
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To not be in posession of something, usually refering to a dealer not having pot/drugs.
"yo, wut up nigga, u got what i need?"
"nahh man, i'm dry right now, but i should be good in a couple hours"
by "Smoke Blunts" October 17, 2006
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one who masturbates without lube or lotion therefore has blistering and crusty hands.
Tyrone is so dry.. Dry guy !
by dryguy200x January 29, 2012
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Insultingly Funny, but True
Adam: What do you think of my haircut:
Steve: Dude, that haircut is lame!
Adam: :(
Steve: Dry!
by Mr.Knight July 09, 2011
93 78
when someone says a joke and it's stupid it's dry
<Insultor> Yo momma is so fat that when she sat on the rainbow skittos popped out!

<Insultee> THAT WAS DRY!! Like yo upper lip
by AC December 06, 2003
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