starve (someone or something) of (something)

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starve (someone or something) of (something)

To withhold some commodity or resource from someone or something to the detriment of that person or thing. Often used in passive constructions. The authoritarian government has been accused of starving its citizens of essential services in order to maximize how much money can be invested in its military. The hotel has been starved of short-term staff ever since the local college closed. The president, unable to ban the clinics due to the constitution, has instead opted to starve them of funds and impose intense restrictions on how they are allowed to operate.
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starve of

To deprive someone or something of some resource, resulting in its depletion: Doctors tried to destroy the cancerous cells by starving them of oxygen. The agency has been starved of money by people in Congress who oppose it.
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sorts/a sort
1. Of a mediocre or inferior kind: a constitutional government of a sort.
2. Of one kind or another: knew many folktales of sorts.
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They look to spread the field and spread the ball, getting it into the back three's hands whereas England (against Wales), especially in the second half, were more set-piece orientated, drive, kick and starve us of possession."
It will mean nothing for the North East and, in fact, will starve us of much-needed rail investment and transport investment for decades to come.
It will mean nothing for the North East, and in fact will starve us of much-needed rail investment and transport investment for decades to come.
It's an insidious problem that left unchecked will starve us of our potential.
And if Algeria and USA can starve us of possession, then what will the Germans do?
But as long as we follow our bellies, we will remain to be at the mercy of a few who wishes endlessly to starve us of our own food and wealth using the vey power we have been lured wrongly into handing over unto them.
Could God's revenge be to starve us of energy, or will it be to turn up the heat so the planet becomes one huge scrap heap?
``For a start, transfer windows would starve us of income raised through selling players,'' said the former Cheltenham Town player.
Every team that plays us think we're a danger and have their own game plan to try to starve us of possession and rough us up.
"They will try to get over the ball and slow it down, steal it and starve us of continuity - that is nothing new, everyone does that.