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wither away

to shrivel up; to shrink up. Soon, the wart withered away. Many of our roses withered away in the hot sun.
See also: away, wither

wither on the vine

 and die on the vine 
1. Lit. [for fruit] to shrivel on the vine or stem, unharvested. If we don't get out there into the field, the grapes will wither on the vine. The apples will die on the vine if not picked soon.
2. . Fig. [for someone or something] to be ignored or neglected and thereby be wasted. I hope I get a part in the play. I don't want to just die on the vine. Fred thinks he is withering on the vine because no one has chosen him.
See also: vine, wither

wither up

to shrivel up. It was so hot that the leaves of the trees withered up.
See also: up, wither

wither on the vine

  (British, American & Australian literary) also die on the vine (American & Australian literary)
if something withers on the vine, it is destroyed very gradually, usually because no one does anything to help or support it
Usage notes: Grapes (= small fruits used to make wine) which are still joined to the vine (= the plant on which grapes grow) die slowly.
Plans to create cheap housing for the poor seem doomed to wither on the vine.
See also: vine, wither

wither on the vine

Fail to come to fruition, as in This building project will wither on the vine if they don't agree on a price. This expression alludes to grapes shriveling and drying up because they were not picked when ripe.
See also: vine, wither
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Other qualifiers: 282 M Cort (Eng) 68 68 7175; 283 J Wither (Sco) 67 73 72 71; 285 C Gill (Eng) 71 72 71 71, C Rodgers (Eng) 72 72 69 72.
Then every two months the wither height, hip height and body mass of each cattle were measured until the slaughtering.
INITIAL LIGHTBLUB: While shopping for companies to take her thriving hubcap distributorship onto the World Wide Web, Withers met representatives from Merant at a Rotary Club meeting and started talking about e-commerce options.
Now Wither, 34, is determined to give the tour his best shot this year - and hopes to follow Hamilton's example if he can book his place at St Andrews as part of the 156-man Open field.
There are millions of people just like the Withers who are struggling to make ends meet, but that fact seems to have escaped the flower arranger from Devon, who laid into them all the same.
Withers added: "The young guys, they can step up for sure and they are going to have to this year.
Mr Withers holds a masters degree in mathematics and is a Chartered Mechanical
Previously, Withers was managing director for strategic marketing and communications for Answerthink Inc.
But Merthyr Crown Court yesterday heard how Withers, along with wife Lisa, used the same site to run a business selling counterfeit DVD films.
Mr Withers, a father of four, said, 'I was looking for a Christmas present for my wife.
The MD's role at Sportech is currently held by the aforementioned Arena chairman Roger Withers, who stepped in at short notice after vacating his chairman's seat at Sportech.
The creature will be rocking with the stars at the Waterstones event on Oxford Street thanks to rocking horse makers Withers and Co, of Bishop's Itchington.
Michael withers lived up to his talismanic reputation with the match-winning try as Bradford Bulls staged a dramatic smash-and-grab act to wreck Wigan's unbeaten home record.
Jane Withers swept into a hotel meeting room, took a look at the 30 or so vintage dolls on display, and gushed, ``Oh, my friends
Bradford Bulls' fullback Michael Withers - handed the nickname by Kiwi brothers Henry and Robbie Paul for his ability to ghost through defences - is set to shake off a stomach problem and line up against the injury-hit Warriors.