dry up
verb Date: 14th century transitive verb to cut off the supply of intransitive verb 1. to disappear as if by evaporation, draining, or cutting off of a source of supply 2. to wither or die through gradual loss of vitality 3. to stop talking

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  • dry up — {v.} 1. To become dry. * /The reservoir dried up during the four month drought./ 2. To disappear or vanish as if by evaporating. * /The Senator s influence dried up when he was voted out of office./ 3. {slang} To stop talking. Often used as a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • dry up — {v.} 1. To become dry. * /The reservoir dried up during the four month drought./ 2. To disappear or vanish as if by evaporating. * /The Senator s influence dried up when he was voted out of office./ 3. {slang} To stop talking. Often used as a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • dry up — (of a supply or flow) decrease and stop. → dry dry up informal cease talking. → dry …   English new terms dictionary

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  • dry up — 1) PHR V ERG If something dries up or if something dries it up, it loses all its moisture and becomes completely dry and shrivelled or hard. [V P] As the day goes on, the pollen dries up and becomes hard... [V P n (not pron)] Warm breezes from… …   English dictionary

  • dry up — phrasal verb Word forms dry up : present tense I/you/we/they dry up he/she/it dries up present participle drying up past tense dried up past participle dried up 1) [intransitive/transitive] if something dries up or is dried up, all the water… …   English dictionary

  • dry\ up — v 1. To become dry. The reservoir dried up during the four month drought. 2. To disappear or vanish as if by evaporating. The Senator s influence dried up when he was voted out of office. 3. slang To stop talking. Often used as a command. Dry up! …   Словарь американских идиом

  • dry up — verb 1. lose water or moisture (Freq. 2) In the desert, you get dehydrated very quickly • Syn: ↑exsiccate, ↑dehydrate, ↑desiccate • Ant: ↑hydrate (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • dry up — UK US dry up Phrasal Verb with dry({{}}/draɪ/ verb (dries, drying, dried, dried) ► [I] to no longer exist or be available: »Their wholesale business has largely dried up. »Money is drying up for people seeking home equity loans or lines of credit …   Financial and business terms

  • Dry up! — exclam. Shut up!; Go away and don’t bother me! □ Aw, dry up! I’ve heard enough. □ Dry up and beat it! …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • dry up — phr verb Dry up is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑conversation, ↑funding, ↑river, ↑tear …   Collocations dictionary

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