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milk-and-water (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) A light bluish colour. [16th c.]
  2. Something insipid or mawkish. [from 18th c.]


milk-and-water (comparative more milk-and-water, superlative most milk-and-water)

  1. Insipid, wishy-washy, weak. [from 18th c.]
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 166:
      He gave other equally milk-and-water examples and everyone grew sleepy, waiting for the last lap: ‘Our policy has been exactly the same each time.’