well's run dry, the

A supply or resource has been exhausted, as in There's no more principal left; the well's run dry, or There's not another novel in her; the well's run dry. This expression likens an underground water source to other plentiful sources. Benjamin Franklin used it in Poor Richard's Almanack (1757).


Nearby words

  1. well logging,
  2. well off,
  3. well out of, be,
  4. well preserved,
  5. well sweep,
  6. well-accepted,
  7. well-accustomed,
  8. well-acquainted,
  9. well-acted,
  10. well-adapted

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