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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


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


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

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