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 The expensive decisions — signing players such as Rusney Castillo, Hanley Ramirez, and Pablo Sandoval — were his undoing. BostonGlobe.com, "expected the Red Sox would come after Bloom to change that.," 16 Nov. 2019 Throughout his time on the lam, Robinson's propensity for frequenting drug stores and dressing in women's clothing would be his undoing. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "The bizarre story of a kidnapped Louisville heiress held captive in Indianapolis," 20 Dec. 2019 As the country has moved toward deleveraging in the years since, that strategy seems to have been its undoing. Washington Post, "A Mega-Merger Can’t Hide $12 Billion of Debt," 31 Oct. 2019 Andreescu needed a medical timeout in her agonizing three-set defeat by her idol Halep Monday because of a sore back, but Wednesday the left knee was her undoing. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Svitolina advances at WTA Finals as injured Andreescu eliminated," 30 Oct. 2019 Worried that the trail's splendor might become its undoing, Kanarraville took action. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Instagram-famous Kanarra Falls allows 150 hikers daily. Here's how to get a permit," 1 Aug. 2019 In fact, the traffic could ultimately be her undoing. Andrew Theen | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "TriMet’s longest-tenured bus driver takes home agency’s top safety award, says ‘attitude is everything’," 24 Nov. 2019 The biggest scoop of her career, friends and family believe, was her undoing. Jennifer Brett, ajc, "“A cautionary tale.” Authors to discuss new book about Richard Jewell," 12 Nov. 2019 Plofsky’s undoing began in summer 2004 with an anonymous letter to the head of the old Ethics Commission. Jon Lender, courant.com, "Jon Lender: New state ethics director chosen for shrinking watchdog agency," 25 July 2019

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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 Feb. 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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