waste away

phrasal verb

wasted away; wasting away; wastes away
: to become thinner and weaker because of illness or lack of food

Examples of waste away in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At age 12, Moby got cancer, and very quickly wasted away and died. Sam Anderson, New York Times, 31 May 2024 Lady Gaga's Chromatica team reveals the history and future of her new era Cut to the stark interlude that shows her on a cold operating table, nodules attached to her head, splayed out for the world to see, like a medical patient wasting away in plain sight. EW.com, 26 May 2024 The nonprofits are also calling on local hospitals to divert their waste away from the facility, and for the Baltimore City Council to reverse a law that has allowed the incinerator to take in waste from out-of-state since the 1990s. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 14 Mar. 2024 Packing on a few pounds, rather than wasting away, was seen as proof of robustness. Michelle Stacey, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 May 2024 The lack of aid has left children like 11-year-old Nour al-Huda Mohammad marooned, wasting away in a hospital bed without enough food or medicine. Lauren Weber, Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2024 Quotable Poop problem: Climbers on Mount Everest will now have to bring poop bags and carry their waste away with them from the world’s highest peak in a bid to tackle pollution. Daniel Wine, CNN, 25 Mar. 2024 Kansas City’s going to be wasting away in Margaritaville and enjoying the Barbie world in the near future. Joseph Hernandez, Kansas City Star, 22 Mar. 2024 The agency has used a flexible approach in recent years to approve drugs for particularly devastating conditions such as ALS, Alzheimer’s and Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal disease that causes the muscles of young boys to waste away. Daniel Gilbert, Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2024

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“Waste away.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waste%20away. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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