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become a shadow of (someone's or something's) former self
To become weaker or inferior in comparison to how someone or something was previously, often due to negative circumstances. Suffering from a prolonged illness caused Sharon to become a shadow of her former self. This town became a shadow of its former self after so many local businesses closed down.
become grounds for (something)
To form the basis for some action or decision, often one that is disciplinary or legal in nature. If you get caught plagiarizing, it becomes grounds for expulsion, you know.
become involved with (something)
To establish an association, typically work related, with something or some organization. Johnny's become involved with a nonprofit health clinic during his summer vacation. I've become involved with Scott's campaign for mayor.
become of (one)
To happen to or befall one. I haven't seen my childhood best friend in years. I wonder what became of her.
become pushed for cash
To suddenly have only a small or limited amount of money available. I always seem to become pushed for cash in the days leading up to payday. We should start cutting down on some of our expenses before we become pushed for cash.
become pushed for money
To suddenly have only small or limited amount of money available. I always seem to become pushed for money in the days leading up to payday. We should start cutting down on some of our expenses before we become pushed for money.
become pushed for time
To suddenly have only small or limited amount of time available. I planned to cook dinner, but then I became a bit pushed for time—so how do you feel about ordering a pizza? I'm sorry, I can't chat for long. I need to go pick up the kids, and I don't want to become pushed for time.
1. informal To become extremely upset or emotional. Poor Jane really became unglued during the funeral service.
2. informal To begin to fail or become untenable; to fall apart. Boy, this party is really becoming unglued. First, there was the issue with the caterer, and now half the guests aren't coming. They're marriage eventually became unglued after he discovered that his wife was having an affair.
To encounter setbacks or fail altogether. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Boy, this party is really becoming unstuck. First, there was the issue with the caterer, and now half the guests aren't coming.
Things became tense among people; people lost their tempers. Tempers frayed at Thanksgiving when Uncle Stu and Aunt Marsha started arguing about politics.
What became of (someone or something)?
What happened to someone or something? What was the end result for someone or something? What ever became of Jared? You used to be such good friends, but you haven't mentioned him once since he moved away. Scientists are still trying to determine what became of the probe, which they lost contact with ten days ago.
What has become of (someone or something)?
What has happened to someone or something? What did the result end up being for someone or something? Sometimes used to express regret or anger over current the state of someone or something. What has become of our great nation? It feels like everything we strove for fifty years ago has been completely eroded. I wonder what's become of Jared. We used to be such good friends, but ever since he moved away I've heard nothing from him. Scientists are still trying to determine what has become of the probe, which they lost contact with ten days ago.
what will become of (someone or something)
What will happen to someone or something); what will the end result be for someone or something. What will become of our troops when they return home from the war? Will they get the resources they need to readapt to civilian life? Scientists are still trying to determine what will become of the probe once it loses auxiliary power.
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what will become/has become/became of somebody/something?used to ask what will happen or what has happened to somebody/something: What became of that student who used to live with you? ♢ I hate to think what will become of them if they lose their home.
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