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waste away

Lose energy and vigor, become enfeebled and weak, as in She was wasting away before our eyes. [ Late 1300s ]
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  • Thou wouldst see him waste away before thine eyes and remember my words when it was too late.'

    The Life of Mohammad Etienne Dinet
  • You are too much of a man, Felt, to waste away in these wilds.

    The Forsaken Inn Anna Katharine Green
  • All rocks have a tendency to waste away under the influence of the atmosphere.

    Geology James Geikie
  • If any one group is over-used there will come a time when they will begin to waste away.

  • He will not suffer to waste away and vanish the faith for which he died.

  • It was because of them, she told him, that he was compelled to waste away his life in that dreary rocky fortress.

  • She remained motionless all day long, ate copiously, in spite of her illness, and did not waste away.

    The Surprises of Life Georges Clemenceau
  • There, in olden days, old bones of unknown dead were left to waste away.

  • Didn't I see him waste away like a plant whose roots are gnawed by the worms?

    The Marx He Knew John Spargo
  • Then, as the figure wasted, so the person it represented was said to waste away also.

    Folk-lore of Shakespeare Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer

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