undoing

noun
un·​do·​ing | \ˌən-ˈdü-iŋ \

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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Michael Myers' assumption of female fragility is his undoing. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Halloween Is More Than a Horror Movie—It's a Tribute to Mothers and Daughters," 20 Oct. 2018 Kennedy’s replacement also could be more willing to allow states to carry out executions and could support undoing earlier court holdings in the areas of racial discrimination in housing and the workplace. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump picks Kavanaugh for court, setting up fight with Dems," 10 July 2018 Kennedy's replacement also could be more willing to allow states to carry out executions and could support undoing earlier court holdings in the areas of racial discrimination in housing and the workplace. Catherine Lucey, Zeke Miller And Mark Sherman, Houston Chronicle, "Trump picks Kavanaugh for court, setting up fight with Dems," 10 July 2018 Kennedy’s replacement also could be more willing to allow states to carry out executions and could support undoing earlier court holdings in the areas of racial discrimination in housing and the workplace. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump picks Kavanaugh for Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 Kennedy’s replacement also could be more willing to allow states to carry out executions and could support undoing earlier court holdings in the areas of racial discrimination in housing and the workplace. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump makes decision on his Supreme Court pick, will reveal it at 9 p.m.," 9 July 2018 His overconfidence was his undoing, agents have said in interviews. Adam Goldman, New York Times, "Comey Often Thought He Knew Best. That May Have Hurt the F.B.I.," 14 June 2018 That Leonard played all of nine games should have been the Spurs’ undoing. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Alternative NBA Awards: Inside-Basketball Honors to Highlight Underrated Facets of the Game," 10 Apr. 2018 But Vincent Edwards, fouls and Purdue free throws were the Bulldogs’ undoing. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Butler late rally falls short in NCAA tournament loss to Purdue," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of undoing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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undoing

noun

English Language Learners Definition of undoing

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

: a state of failure, ruin, etc.

undoing

noun
un·​do·​ing | \ˌən-ˈdü-iŋ \

Kids Definition of undoing

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

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