dry up

  1. (intr) to become barren or unproductive; fail: in middle age his inspiration dried up

  2. to dry (dishes, cutlery, etc) with a tea towel after they have been washed

  1. (intr) informal to stop talking or speaking: when I got on the stage I just dried up; dry up!

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dry up

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

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