wither on the vine
Fail to come to fruition, as in This building project will wither on the vine if they don't agree on a price. This expression alludes to grapes shriveling and drying up because they were not picked when ripe.
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This has a warm though a thin soil, which must be highly favorable to the Vine to induce so exclusive a devotion to it.
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The Vine is a universal favorite, and rarely out of view; while it often seems to cover half the ground in sight.
The Vine appears at intervals, but is not general through this region: Indian Corn is also rare, and appears in small patches.
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