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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Summary: Karachi [Pakistan], June 23 (ANI): Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell and legendary West Indies cricketer Vivian Richards has called for return of international cricket in Pakistan, saying that the crowd and players are starved of watching the game in their own country.
The young seedling would be starved of nitrogen until its roots hit the soil below.
The 26-year-old's body was so starved of sugar it began to eat into its own reserve of fat.
Starved of new sediments and flooded by tides, the inner areas become constantly submerged.
An experimental drug derived from the saliva of vampire bats can clear away blood clots in the brains of stroke patients and restore blood flow to brain areas starved of circulation.
Through a rigorous series of controls, Hall adds, he showed that this mutation did not arise before the tryptophan deprivation and did not occur in bacteria starved of a different amino acid, thus helping to refute some of the arguments raised against the 1988 experiments led by John Cairns at the Harvard School of Public Health.