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wi dhuh ring

  • n  any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use)
  • v  wither, as with a loss of moisture
  • v  lose freshness, vigor, or vitality
  • s  wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction
    the guns opened a withering fire
  • s  making light of
    to compliments inflated I've a withering reply"- W.S.Gilbert

  • The Met's Volpe finally lost patience with her rehearsal shenanigans -- which included lateness and even absence, as well as withering criticism of her fellow performers and flaky .
  • The crops are withering in the fields that we pass.
  • The pill-popping matriarch has echoes of O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night; the withering sarcasm recalls Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
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  • Joe Biden in New York Times
    They have a shrinking population base,Mr. Biden told The Wall Street Journal. "They have a withering economy. They have a banking sector and structure that is not likely to be able to withstand the next 15 years. They're in a situation...
  • Charles Schumer in 조선일보(영문판)
    The president and the White House have repeatedly ignored repeated shots across the bow of our economy: rising foreclosures, falling home prices, withering consumer confidence, and record oil company profits,Schumer said. "None of them are...
  • James Henry Webb in International Herald Tribune
    I'm honoured to stand alongside this man, a man of great intellect who over the past 16 months has impressed all of us as he stood up to sometimes withering attacks with measured responses, unshakable composure,Webb said.

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