pine after

phrasal verb

pined after; pining after; pines after
US
: to want or desire (someone or something) very much
teenage girls pining after rock stars

Examples of pine after in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For every simple video of a teen girl showing off her Stanley collection, there are dozens of others at her school pining after the same cup, Drenten said. The Courier-Journal, 5 Jan. 2024 Much of his screen time is spent pining after Kate Middleton (Meg Bellamy), a talented beauty agreed upon by all of Will’s friends to be the most eligible bachelorette at St. Andrews. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Dec. 2023 As the story begins in California’s Central Valley in 1999, Lorraine is her mother’s reluctant and lonely live-in caregiver, pining after a married pastor. Amy Wang | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 17 July 2023

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“Pine after.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pine%20after. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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