undoing

noun un·do·ing \ ˌən-ˈdü-iŋ \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of undoing

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

Examples of undoing in a Sentence

  1. My quick temper was my undoing.

  2. His quick temper helped lead to his undoing.

  3. The incident resulted in her undoing.

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First Known Use of undoing

14th century

undoing Synonyms


UNDOING Defined for English Language Learners

undoing

noun

Definition of undoing for English Language Learners

  • : something that causes someone's failure, ruin, etc.

  • : a state of failure, ruin, etc.


UNDOING Defined for Kids

undoing

noun un·do·ing \ ˌən-ˈdü-iŋ \

Definition of undoing for Students

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


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