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wither on the vine

1. Literally (of fruit), to shrivel and die before being harvested, due to neglect, adverse conditions, or lack of resources. You forgot to water my tomato plant! Now they've all withered on the vine! With the horrible drought we've had this summer, nearly all of the fruit in my orchards withered on the vine.
2. By extension, to fail prematurely or not come to fruition, as due to being ignored, neglected, impractical, or without the necessary means to succeed. The president made sweeping promises during his campaign, but many of those have withered on the vine. Many of the resources for students with learning disabilities have withered on the vine following the school board's budget cuts.
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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.
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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.
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wither up

to shrivel up. It was so hot that the leaves of the trees withered up.
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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.
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wither on the vine


die on the vine

If something withers on the vine, it fails or is destroyed because nobody supports it or does anything to make it successful. The chance to make peace certainly exists, but could still wither on the vine. I talked to people all over this state who are worried that the American dream is dying on the vine.
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wither on the vine

fail to be implemented or dealt with because of neglect or inaction.
The image of grapes failing to grow is probably a reference to various passages in the Bible in which a withered vine is used as a metaphor for a state of physical or spiritual impoverishment.
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ˌwither on the ˈvine

(formal) gradually come to an end or stop being effective: He used to be so ambitious, but his ambition seems to have withered on the vine.
If a grape withers on the vine, it dries up and dies before it can be picked.
See also: on, vine, wither
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Withering Looks is at the Borough Theatre in Abergavenny on Thursday at 7.
Since Withering already knew a great deal about plants, he immediately recognized that the most likely active ingredient was an extract of foxglove.
Withering immediately became interested in trying foxglove on his patients, but, in an historical first, began a systematic investigation to develop a standardized, reproducible form of the plant.
Over 200 years ago, William Withering recognized the difficulty of working with natural products, He was acutely aware of potential toxicity and realized that the effectiveness of his preparations depended on the variety of the plant, storage conditions, temperature at which the extractions were carried out, and of course on dosage.
Withering found out that the vital ingredient of the remedy was foxglove, and he experimented on more than 160 patients before ending up with a medicine of dried powdered leaf, which the patient should swallow.
The Tea Research Foundation of Kenya said of these units: "Compared with other miniature processing units we have used in the past, we are particularly happy with the withering and fermenting units.
After the withering process has been completed, the leaf is then either rolled on a miniature rolling table ready for orthodox manufacture or cut m a mini CTC unit ready for CTC manufacture.
As with the withering cabinet, trays can be divided into smaller sections to allow research work to be carried out on various samples of leaf.
There were plenty of cases to draw on since, as Withering says in the introduction, his position at the hospital meant that he was dealing with two or three thousand out-patients a year.
William Withering was not the first to recognise the medical properties of digitalis purpurea, as the plant is properly called.