dry up

verb
Updated on: 19 Apr 2018

Definition of dry up

: to cut off the supply of
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

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

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First Known Use of dry up

14th century


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