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verb (adverb)

(intr) to become barren or unproductive; failin middle age his inspiration dried up
to dry (dishes, cutlery, etc) with a tea towel after they have been washed
(intr) informal to stop talking or speakingwhen I got on the stage I just dried up; dry up!

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Idioms and Phrases with dry up

dry up

1

Gradually become unproductive, as in After two collections of short stories, his ability to write fiction dried up. Also see well's run dry.

2

Stop talking; also, cause to stop talking. For example, Dry up! You've said enough. [Slang; mid-1800s]

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