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wax and wane

To alternatingly increase (wax) and decrease (wane). 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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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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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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Twelve zodiac signs and two moon states (waxing and waning) produced 24 groups that, when compared, would lead to 276 possible analogies.
You'll achieve better They are no-go dates because of unfortunate planetary alignment, and waxing and waning, ascending and descending moons, or something.
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But what does the list tell us about the waxing and waning of political fortunes?
The waxing and waning of X rays observed by Chandra could represent the spin period of just one of the dwarfs rather than the orbital period of the pair.--R.C.
Recalling television shows like American Bandstand and Soul Train but replacing their promotional jubilation with a gothic penumbra, the film follows a group of dancers as they go through their paces, performing a languid, swaying jig that displays a subtle waxing and waning of commitment and has each one teetering on the border of self-imposed exile and collective release.
Spanish Rome briskly describes the waxing and waning of Spanish influence not only over the occupants of Peter's throne, but also over the wider populace of the city, from the great noble families of Colonna and Orsini to poor girls in need of dowries.
The Indian Advanced Jet Trainer requirement is one of the defence industry's longest-running sagas, with interest from the potential buyer waxing and waning over the past decade.
News, as Paul Weaver observed in News and the Culture of Lying (1994), has been defined as a story about "crisis and emergency response - about the waxing and waning of urgent danger to the community and about the actions of responsible officials to cope." Something terrible is happening, and immediate, dramatic action (mostly by the government, but sometimes by its opponents) is necessary to prevent disaster.
In meticulous detail and utilizing archival sources, Weinberg describes the waxing and waning of labor unrest and strikes month by month with their accompanying violence and the creation of a soviet of workers' deputies.
Over the years, I had been hampered with various health problems- weakness, numbness and "pins and needles" in a migratory fashion in my arms, legs, face and trunk, all symptoms waxing and waning with no rhyme or reason.
It was held in great veneration and was worshiped with great ceremony as a symbol of the moon, not only because it is more active after sunset but from the dilation and contraction of its pupils, symbolical of waxing and waning. The goddess Bast (Bubastis), representative of the life - giving solar heat, was portrayed as having the head of a cat, probably because that animal likes to bask in the sun.
He describes the waxing and waning influence of the colonials (Dutch, French, and British) and the international political and economic communities, the wars of self-determination, and the results of relatively peaceful commerce.
Despite Ophelia's waxing and waning strength and slow progress, residents' attention had been focused by the devastation caused elsewhere by Hurricane Katrina.