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pine away

To lapse into a period of intense depression or melancholy due to one's longing for or grief over someone or something. I stayed back in Seattle pining away, while she was over in Europe having the time of her life. My grandfather pined away for nearly a year after my grandmother died, until eventually his heart gave out and he passed away as well.
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pine away (after someone or something)

to waste away in melancholy and longing for someone or something. A year later, he was still pining away after Claire. Still, he is pining away.
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pine away

v.
To wither or waste away from longing or grief: After its owner was killed, the old dog pined away and died.
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References in classic literature ?
One day the woman was standing by this window and looking down into the garden, when she saw a bed which was planted with the most beautiful rampion (rapunzel), and it looked so fresh and green that she longed for it, she quite pined away, and began to look pale and miserable.
Others, again, spoke of some early love affair, and of a fair-haired girl who had pined away on the shores of the Atlantic.
He was a bright-eyed man, but wofully pined away, which was no more than natural, if, as some people affirmed, his ordinary diet was fog, morning mist, and a slice of the densest cloud within his reach, sauced with moonshine, whenever he could get it.
He was a bright-eyed man, but woefully pined away, which was no more than natural, if, as some people affirmed, his ordinary diet was fog, morning mist, and a slice of the densest cloud within his reach, sauced with moonshine, whenever he could get it.
She warn't ever the same after that; she never complained, but she kinder pined away and did not live long.
People who had once tasted his scrambled eggs, so we gathered from his conversation, never cared for any other food afterwards, but pined away and died when they could not get them.
They passed each other on the Dover road, every day, for twenty-four years, never exchanging any other greeting than this; and yet, when one died, the other pined away, and soon afterwards followed him!
If, when I hint to you of a Home that is before us, where I will be true to you with all my duty and with all my faithful service, I bring back the remembrance of a Home long desolate, while your poor heart pined away, weep for it, weep for it!"
And I have also communicated with my faithful Cartwright, who would certainly have pined away at the door of my hut, as a dog does at his master's grave, if I had not set his mind at rest about my safety."
My niece pined away visibly; neither medical help nor change of air and scene did anything for her.
The region 'sweet golden clime' is opposite to the region 'where the Youth pined away' and 'the pale Virgin shrouded in snow.'
When he failed to return her love, she grew sad and eventually pined away, until only her voice was left.
in Greek mythology was rejected by Narcissus and pined away, leaving only her voice behind?
Her heart broken, she''d waited and finally pined away, Generations later passing the hail, people still say, She keeps a silent vigil in her lovely wedding gown, A virgin bride the white lady, eyes peering over town, So, should you pass by in the moonlight, you may see, A white ghost silently crying, staring far out to sea.
'Two weeks ago he died and the vet said he had pined away and had a broken heart.