Lose energy and vigor, become enfeebled and weak, as in She was wasting away before our eyes. [Late 1300s]
Stop Wasting Breath By Saying These Repetitive PhrasesWe may complain about our parents asking us the same questions over and over, but let's face it: We are all guilty of repetition.
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