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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But timing a television pitch too late could be Nelson's undoing. Alex Daugherty, miamiherald, "Scott blitzes Florida with TV ads. Nelson holds off. That's how Scott won last time.," 21 May 2018 In those three decades, legislators approved undoing about $25 billion, a little less than a third of what presidents had requested (about $750 million a year, on average). Andrew Rudalevige, Washington Post, "Yes, Congress could give Trump a line-item veto. And it might want to.," 9 Apr. 2018 Part of Lopez's undoing was former Marlin Christian Yelich, who doubled off him in the first inning and drove in a pair of runs in the second with a single. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Early jitters prove costly to Marlins rookie in loss to Brewers," 10 July 2018 On this day, however, one of Sweden's best weapons -aerial balls- was their undoing against England. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Belgium eliminate Brazil, England make history and the best of the World Cup weekend," 8 July 2018 Although Villa will be looking to hold on to their star players such as Grealish, their financial position may well be their undoing this summer. SI.com, "Tottenham 'Clear Frontrunners' for Aston Villa Star as Championship Side Hold Out for £30m," 5 July 2018 This episode brought us another piece of the puzzle as far as Gilead’s origin story, while possibly also showing us the beginning of its undoing. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Episode 6 Finally Sheds Light on Serena's Murky Past," 23 May 2018 There are a few things that he's done which are part of his principles, which are also part of his undoing. Chris Giles, CNN, "Arsenal superfan shares favorite Wenger moments," 17 May 2018 Now, the show returns with original couple Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) and Dan (John Goodman) — although Dan is no longer dead, in an undoing of the series finale. Editors, USA TODAY, "Apple heads to Chicago, the New York Auto Show and 'Roseanne' returns: 5 things you need to know Tuesday," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of undoing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of undoing

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

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