shrivel up


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shrivel up

v.
1. To become completely shrunken and wrinkled: The leaves shriveled up and fell off the tree.
2. To cause something to become completely shrunken and wrinkled: The lack of rain shriveled up my roses. Soaking in the tub for too long will shrivel your skin up.
3. To lose vitality or intensity; dwindle: The buying power of the dollar shriveled up as inflation worsened.
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Yet director John Asher stages most of it with such flat presentation and inept timing that most of the jokes shrivel up and die right before our eyes.
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If you don't walk, your legs will just shrivel up,'' the man said, not disclosing his name.
Surely, there are more valuable uses for the historic Pierce farm than letting everything on it and around it shrivel up and die.