un·​do·​ing | \ ˌən-ˈdü-iŋ How to pronounce undoing (audio) \

Definition of undoing

1 : an act of loosening : unfastening
2 : ruin also : a cause of ruin greed was to prove his undoing

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Examples of undoing in a Sentence

My quick temper was my undoing. His quick temper helped lead to his undoing. The incident resulted in her undoing.
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Recent Examples on the Web Barr has explained his undoing of the Flynn case and other moves, like intervening to recommend a more lenient sentence for the president’s longtime friend Roger Stone, as correcting overreach by other law enforcement officials. Adam Goldman, BostonGlobe.com, "Barr dismisses Trump’s claim that Russia inquiry was an Obama plot," 18 May 2020 Whatever role the refs played in the outcome, turnovers and Jordan were once again the Pacers' undoing. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "How Pacers pushed Michael Jordan, Bulls to the brink in 1998: 'They saw the fear in Chicago's eyes.'," 15 May 2020 The growing pains of trying to slide into the role of international hero as well as rushing -- and failing -- to fulfill billions of orders might lead to China's undoing. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Countries criticize China for sending – and resending – faulty COVID-19 test kits, supplies," 23 Apr. 2020 In fact, the moral undoing is perfectly intentional. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Tayarisha Poe Doesn’t Need You To Love Selah from Selah & The Spades — But You Might See Yourself In Her," 22 Apr. 2020 On the contrary: His empathy contributes to his undoing. Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic, "Hilary Mantel Takes Thomas Cromwell Down," 5 Apr. 2020 Your undoing in quarantine might be the only thing that will save us from indefinite incarceration, eco genocide. Dallas News, "Art and the City: Dallas writers are embracing their newfound solitude ... and singing to their cats," 5 Apr. 2020 The Huletts’ efficiency ultimately helped contribute to their undoing. Vince Guerrieri, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Hulett Unloader Is One of History's Greatest Forgotten Machines," 3 Mar. 2020 While nobody knows for sure what factors made Silicon Valley so vulnerable to coronavirus, some speculate that the success of the tech economy may also be the valley’s undoing. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "School closures, medical tents. What happens when coronavirus engulfs Silicon Valley," 15 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of undoing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Undoing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undoing. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of undoing

: something that causes someone's failure, ruin, etc.
: a state of failure, ruin, etc.


un·​do·​ing | \ ˌən-ˈdü-iŋ How to pronounce undoing (audio) \

Kids Definition of undoing

: a cause of ruin or failure My quick temper was my undoing.

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