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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Synonyms & Antonyms for dry up


belt up [British], clam up, dummy up, hush, pipe down, quiet (down), shut up


speak, talk

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Examples of dry up in a Sentence

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

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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 Springs dried up, fishponds filled in with mud washed down from the uplands, reefs were likewise smothered, and communities were forced to retreat or breakup, their members scattered to work in the wage economy elsewhere. Wade Graham, Smithsonian, "Why Molokai, With All Its Wonders, Is the Least Developed of Hawai’i’s Islands," 31 Aug. 2019 Work dried up for the middle-aged actor, who was soon getting by with gigs on the dinner-theater circuit. Lynette Rice, EW.com, "The tragic, unsolved murder of Hogan's Heroes star Bob Crane," 26 Aug. 2019 After President Trump picked trade wars with nearly every major U.S. trading partner — friend and foe alike — U.S. exports of soybeans, pork and other agricultural products dried up. Catherine Rampell, The Denver Post, "Rampell: Trump is the true socialist," 28 July 2019 The defensive scores dried up along with the success on drives following turnovers. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al.com, "What Alabama football should fix in 2019," 11 July 2019 Simply put, everybody's wary of turning into the Dixie Chicks, whose string of hits dried up after the band criticized President George W. Bush before the Iraq War in 2003. Steve Knopper, Billboard, "Will Touring Musicians Follow Hollywood In Protesting States Passing Anti-Abortion Laws?," 11 July 2019 Then the spigot all but dried up. Senator Elizabeth A. Crowley and Representative Agostinho F. Silva, Central Falls Democrats who led the 2012 commission, found the prison was burdened with debt and mismanagement. BostonGlobe.com, "CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — An activist group on Thursday urged the state to quickly ban private prisons, after the," 14 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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