dry up

dried up; drying up; dries up

Definition of dry up

transitive verb

: to cut off the supply of

intransitive verb

1 : to disappear as if by evaporation, draining, or cutting off of a source of supply
2 : to wither or die through gradual loss of vitality
3 : to stop talking

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Examples of dry up in a Sentence

sick of her constant complaining, he angrily told her to dry up
Recent Examples on the Web With Iowa’s February kickoff caucus coming into view on the calendar, Democratic candidates lagging in the polls are seeing fundraising dry up -- and some are beginning to drop out of the race. oregonlive, "Progressives increasingly moving to Elizabeth Warren at Bernie Sanders’ expense, but Joe Biden stays in lead: polls," 5 Sep. 2019 News outlets have been looking for ways to make money as traditional advertising dries up and jobs cuts have been necessary. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "Bernie Sanders announces plan to deal with 'crisis' in American journalism, as he calls out 'Trump’s authoritarian bullying of the media'," 22 Aug. 2019 Normally the flood plains dry up and many of the eggs do too, but that didn’t happen this year. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "New England news in brief," 25 July 2019 Eventually, the contracts dried up and Boquist had a financial dispute with a partner. Andrew Selsky, The Seattle Times, "Oregon senator, a war veteran, now under fire for threats," 8 July 2019 Looking around, guests will be in total awe of their surroundings; the breathtaking landscape is a result of a prehistoric lake drying up and leaving only the cracked white desert-like earth in its wake. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "The Kachi Lodge Stargazing Dome Offers a Next-Level Glamping Experience," 28 May 2019 As old beaver dams collapsed and washed away, wetlands dried up and streams carved into their beds. Ben Goldfarb, Science | AAAS, "Beaver dams without beavers? Artificial logjams are a popular but controversial restoration tool," 7 June 2018 After the Rio Olympics in 2016, and with Brazil in the throes of a record recession, public resources dried up. The Economist, "Police killings in the state of Rio de Janeiro are at a 20-year high," 3 Sep. 2019 Interest rates have fallen through the floor in many countries, drying up the margin between bank deposits and loan rates—a core money-maker for lenders. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "The banking industry is being deconstructed, piece by piece," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of dry up

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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