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wax and wane

To alternatingly increase and decrease. My fortune has waxed and waned over the years, but I live simply anyway, and it has never affected me much. Voter turnout waxes and wanes depending on which positions are up for election.
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be on the wane

To be decreasing or lessening. Thank goodness this storm is finally on the wane—I can't tolerate another day of rain.
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on the wane

becoming less; fading away. Her influence in on the wane, but she is still the boss.
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wax and wane

Fig. to increase and then decrease, as the phases of the moon. As the moon waxes and wanes, so does the height of the tide change. Voter sentiment about the tax proposal waxes and wanes with each passing day.
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wax and wane

Increase and decrease, as in size, number, strength, or intensity, as in Enrollments in these programs wax and wane from year to year. This expression alludes to the phases of the moon, with its periodic changes in size. It was first recorded in the 1300s.
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wax and wane

undergo alternate increases and decreases.
2002 New York Times The level of security that people are psychologically able to accept changes as crisis situations wax and wane.
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be on the ˈwane

(written) be becoming smaller or less strong: Their political power is on the wane.
When the moon is on the wane it appears smaller in the sky.
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ˌwax and ˈwane

(literary) increase then decrease in strength, importance, etc. over a period of time: The government’s popularity has waxed and waned over the past year.
These two verbs describe the changing shape of the moon in the sky. When the moon waxes, more of it is visible, and when it wanes we see less of it.
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on the wane

In a period of decline or decrease: "The tide was near the turn and already the day was on the wane" (James Joyce).
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Eat less when the moon is waning as your body will eliminate toxins more quickly and you'll lose weight more efficiently.
William Bouwsma's book on the waning of the Renaissance amplifies ideas developed in a number of brilliant essays, especially in "The Two Faces of Humanism: Stoicism and Augustinianism in Renaissance Thought" (1975) and "Anxiety and the Formation of Early Modern Culture" (1980).
A takedown by Nishimura (33-9) tied the match 5-5 with :30 remaining, but Hernandez (39-6) answered with a takedown/near-fall combination in the waning seconds.
Lehman believes that the waning could start sooner than the first half of 2006, as it originally believed.
Waxing and waning, even flipping direction, the sun's magnetic field undergoes dramatic upheavals yet always returns to its original shape and position.
Waning global and industrial demand are likely to drive the prices of oil and gas lower and keep them there for the near to intermediate term, according to an article appearing recently in the latest edition of the 'Oil & Gas Insights' newsletter from Fitch, the international rating agency.
Yet it took several years before scientists could detect any long-term waxing and waning of the constant.
Waning forest frogs include Ascaphus truei and several types of the leaf-breeding Plethodon.