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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 ?
You're getting paler and paler, and thinner and thinner; you're pining away just as he did.
He had a vision of a small, delicate, wistful child pining away for his absent sister.
The unfortunate girl is pining away in some unknown land, where perhaps no foot of man has ever trod, and I shall see her no more.
Don't you see how I'm pining away?" And Laurie gave his broad chest a sounding slap and heaved a melodramatic sigh.
Creakle said, had been pining away for some time, and who, they believed, would die too.
He's been pining away for almost three years and has apparently made big changes in his life in the hope of winning me back.
In Greek mythology, who was punished for not returning the love of Echo by falling in love with his own reflection and pining away and dying, with a flower replacing his body?
In this poem, the repressive social context of the 18th century is reflected through the pining away of Youth and Virgin's shrouded in snow.
As a religious leader, I support the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the national umbrella for all Christians in Nigeria, for tasking the federal government to live up to expectations by working for the immediate release of Leah and the remaining Chibok girls that are still pining away in captivity.
If you've been pining away for a first-rate gothic murder mystery for the past 40-odd years since Agatha Christie's passing, hie yourself to your local (or online) book vendor for Ruth Ware's The Death of Mrs.
So if we sent him off to the Northern Territories, now we have Elizabeth sitting at home in Hope Valley just pining away and waiting.
When I was younger, the only 'blue moon' I knew was the song of Frank Sinatra and what he meant by "blue" is the emotion of pining away. So when the announcement came for a real blue moon on Jan.
Drawn to a pool of water by Nemesis, he saw his own reflection in the water and fell in love with it, only to sit on the spot staring at himself and pining away. I personally, feel only pity for the disqualified PM's tortured soul and the fact that his condition, like Narcissus, is a monster of his own creation.
Pining away for days when classified ads and near-monopolistic positions in local ad markets funded journalism is pointless and ultimately harmful."
He remains that same sweet kid, pining away. By the end, that seems to be the point: that a great many people walk around carrying the ghosts of love--a dream of what might have been.