What does this idiom mean: "as dry as dust"?

Test No. [color=blue]incompl/advan-67 “Dry as you like”, question 3

She studies some very obscure things to do with ancient Greek documents - to most people a really dry as subject.

(a) powder
(b) earth
© dust
(d) soil

Test No. [color=blue]incompl/advan-67 “Dry as you like”, answer 3

She studies some very obscure things to do with ancient Greek documents - to most people a really dry as dust subject.

Correct answer: © dust

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could you explain this a litle it?

Something as a dry as dust is very boring or dull.[YSaerTTEW443543]

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