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die off

[for a living thing] to perish one by one until there are no more. Most of the larger lizards died off eons ago. It would be really bad if all the owls died off. The cucumber blossoms all died off.
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die off

to die one after another until no members of a particular group are left She was ninety-two and said all her friends had died off.
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die off

Perish one by one, as in A celibate community, the Shakers are dying off. [Late 1600s]
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die off

v.
To become extinct gradually: The dodo died off in the 1600s. Wolves were dying off in the formerly rural area as new subdivisions were built.
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When the spine is severely bruised, some nerve cells die off immediately.
Their goal: to reduce local mollusks so that larval worms fail to find a host and simply die off.
But stars eventually die off, and the time will come, they say, when there will be no stars left in all the vastness of space.
McFall-Ngai's group has found that the ciliated cells die off within days after the bacteria arrive.
In chicks, though, the cells that form the webbing die off, leaving the toes separated.
This thing could really start to die off, although I've been thinking that for the past few hours,'' and it hasn't happened, he said Saturday, less than an hour after a 4.
Fetal tissue transplants have reversed the ravages of Parkinson's disease, a condition in which brain cells manufacturing dopamine die off (SN: 11/28/92, p.
Rather than die off, the cells that have sustained damage to their DNA survive and keep on dividing.