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pine away

To lapse into a period of intense depression or melancholy due to one's longing for or grief over someone or something. I stayed back in Seattle pining away, while she was over in Europe having the time of her life. My grandfather pined away for nearly a year after my grandmother died, until eventually his heart gave out and he passed away as well.
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pine away (after someone or something)

to waste away in melancholy and longing for someone or something. A year later, he was still pining away after Claire. Still, he is pining away.
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pine away

v.
To wither or waste away from longing or grief: After its owner was killed, the old dog pined away and died.
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They said: "If Anne was taken away from her familiar surroundings, and the company of those she loves, she would quite simply pine away and die.
And he says he would 'just pine away at home' if he were forced to give up his job.
She even cried at an episode of the cartoon series Futurama, when one of the characters is whizzed into the future, leaving his faithful hound to pine away back in the 21st century.
In some ways, it is easy--and temptingto write off the neo-Luddites as sad-sack '60s refugees, aging hippies who pine away for a romantic, preindustrial idyll that never existed in the first place or, to the extent it did, was actually characterized by large-scale human deprivation.
She maintains he will pine away without her, but I think he will be fine - how do I convince her not to be so silly?
It baffles the doctors the way some people pine away for no reason.
And if the lady remains unresponsive, this man (the asserter of life and pleasure), like Echo, will only pine away into a voice with neither a body nor a body's physical expression.
If Anne were taken away from her familiar surroundings, and from those she loves, she would simply pine away and die.