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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The impulsive reaction generally creates far more damage than good and can lead to the undoing of companies, families and careers. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "How the most successful leaders respond in tough moments," 31 July 2019 In order to trigger the polymer’s undoing on command, the researchers mixed in a compound that becomes acidic in the presence of sunlight and then attacks PPHA bonds. Prachi Patel, Scientific American, "Disappearing Plastics Stay Strong in the Shadows and Melt Away in the Sun," 26 Aug. 2019 But the number that proved the Bolts’ undoing that season was -9, the temperature in their AFC championship loss in arctic Cincinnati. 14. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop Fantasy Football Flashback: Greatest Quarterbacks of the Century," 26 July 2019 However, Kik’s hasty approach—slapped together during ICO mania—could prove its undoing. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Kik was the first social media company to offer a cryptocurrency—but now the SEC has questions," 10 June 2019 This philosophy, if not reigned in, could possibly be their undoing. SI.com, "The Biggest Challenges Facing the Premier League's Newest Managers This Season," 16 Aug. 2019 But Biden’s ability to stay atop the polls despite all of these problems should give pause to those who assume that his endless gaffes will be his undoing. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "Do Joe Biden’s Gaffes Still Matter in the Age of Trump?," 13 Aug. 2019 Their inability to control the momentum of the match against Ajax was of huge concern to the Agnelli family, and Allegri's failure to progress with his side was his inevitable undoing. SI.com, "How Juventus are Building to Finally Win the UEFA Champions League," 11 July 2019 So much of the economy is going to have to be funneled to undoing disasters and helping people who are desperate because of this. Bridget Read, Vogue, "60 Years After Her First Vogue Cover, Jane Fonda on Acting, Activism, and Having No Regrets," 9 July 2019

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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 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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