dry up

verb
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 And Detroiters also need access to legal counsel when facing eviction — even after the Covid relief dollars dry up, Phillips said. NBC News, 10 Nov. 2021 This is because small companies rely on credit more than their larger cap counterparts, and that credit can dry up during a downturn, according to Horstmeyer. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 24 Sep. 2021 For marketers that depend upon hyper-relevant targeting to interact with their audience—the process gets more complicated, and the data access stream may ‘dry up’. Gary Drenik, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 Some of those streams now dry up for as many as 100 days longer each year. Ian James, AZCentral.com, 7 Sep. 2021 Even United, which has made the biggest pivot to cargo of any passenger airline, has been wary of over-committing to freight for fear that demand will dry up in a couple of years. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 2 Nov. 2021 Automobile manufacturers canceled chip orders, assuming demand for new cars would dry up during the pandemic. al, 13 Sep. 2021 Automobile manufacturers canceled chip orders, assuming demand for new cars would dry up during the pandemic. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2021 Stoddard worried that participation in the state’s incentive programs might dry up because people wouldn’t want to spend the money during the pandemic. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of dry up

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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Last Updated

14 Jan 2022

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“Dry up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry%20up. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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