dry up


dried up; drying up; dries up

transitive verb

: to cut off the supply of

intransitive verb

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

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of dry up was in the 14th century

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“Dry up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry%20up. Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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