wax and wane

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

to become stronger and then weaker Religious influence on politics has waxed and waned since the founding of this country.
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wax and wane

to grow bigger and stronger and then to become smaller or weaker again Their influence waxes and wanes depending on which party is in power.
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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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I watched the glowing end of his cigar wax and wane in the gloom, as the sentences rose and fell, till I was nearly asleep.
This can occur with a musculoskeletal injury, such as a strained knee or hip, which can wax and wane.
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MD, Coventry ARESEARCHERS have found that sexual desire, especially in women, does wax and wane according to the number of opportunities that occur.
Summary: There are fundamental links underlying the market which wax and wane depending on what the prevailing concern in the market happens to be.
of Toronto), Subotnick (American Psychological Association), and 15 professionals contribute to lively discussions on a different perspective: that talent can be extremely specific and that it can wax and wane over time.
A group of Danish scientists had spent several years researching historical data on temperature changes in Europe over the past thousand years and had come to the conclusion that, not only did the sun's output wax and wane a but also the axis on which the earth revolves is not static and has a couple of small wobbles in it.
Two teams--one led by Garmire using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the other led by Andrea De Luca of the National Institute of Astrophysics in Milan using the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton satellite--have found that X rays emitted by the star wax and wane every 6.
It made one think of painting itself as having a life, as being like a living organism: individual works, but also more generally artists' performances in the medium, can wax and wane.
There are many reasons--most of them internal--for why reform movements within a country wax and wane.
Different crowds wax and wane depending on whether it's a traditional music session or a quiz night.
Captives serving industry tend to wax and wane with the ups and downs of the market.
Thus, the evolution debate continues to wax and wane in American schools, particularly now due to upcoming stringent requirements for science under the federal No Child Left Behind act.
Just as other art forms wax and wane in popularity, so has the art of botanical illustration, now a popular subject of study all over Southern California.
Instead, companies can access the applications over the Internet on a subscription basis, which is scalable as their facility management needs wax and wane.