dry 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

Examples of dry up in a Sentence

sick of her constant complaining, he angrily told her to dry up

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The level of defaults was higher than what the company had set aside for repurchases, and the accounting irregularities dried up the company’s access to financing. Julie Wernau, WSJ, "CEO of Busted Subprime Lender Now Seeding Mortgage-Related Startups," 23 June 2018 Brokers in Singapore said U.S. cargoes could dry up, and China is already pumping up soybean imports from Brazil. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Trade Tariffs Could Push Shipping to the Edge," 9 July 2018 Hundreds of rivers, lakes and springs have dried up across the country, the environment ministry says. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Mongolia’s nomadic way of life threatened by climate change, neglect, modernity," 8 July 2018 Jimoh said funding had dried up for her position and New Visions did not hire a replacement. Philly.com, "After 23 years, grim finances shutter doors of New Visions day shelter in Camden," 22 June 2018 Any interruption in trade between the two economies could cause part of its earnings stream to dry up. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Trump trade war with China could hurt these 10 stocks," 22 June 2018 Unfortunately, at one point in late 2017 after an 8.2-magnitude earthquake shook the area and shifted the course of the river that fed the falls, worry spread that Agua Azul had dried up for good. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "North America’s Most Spectacular Waterfalls," 18 June 2018 The factory was destroyed, trade dried up; the main shop limped on, selling chocolates only for cash. The Economist, "Bassam Ghraoui died on May 1st," 10 May 2018 The rains had mainly dried up by late Sunday, but not before more than 10 inches fell on Louisville, Kentucky, and more than 7 inches fell on Pittsburgh, the National Weather Service said. Alex Johnson, NBC News, "Deadly rains pause but will return by midweek across eastern half of U.S.," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of dry up

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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