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 ruled the breakdown and starved us of possession for long periods throughout the game."
They wanted their boys to be hungry for success, so they starved us of praise...
They starved us of the ball in the second half and without the ball you can't put phases together.
After all, the Corporation has starved us of finance and any meaningful attention for years.
THIS IS WHAT OUR READERS HAD TO SAY: Lee Higgins: "Maybe if his government hadn't starved us of money we'd be a bit further ahead in the recovery."
"It is not as if they starved us of the ball, but turning chances into points has been our downfall when we have been in perfect positions to do it."
"You can take nothing away from England and credit to them: they starved us of ball but when we did have it 50% of our turnovers were unforced errors and we put pressure on ourselves."
"They starved us of possession at the lineout and the scrum, and we only had 20 per cent possession overall.
They just starved us of the ball, and their fly-half did really well, and controlled the game very well, fair play to him, but then second half we got some moves going and started playing and got them really worried." Davies, like Nant head coach Elwyn Williams, also insisted on thanking the fans, who had made the trip down to the capital in such horrific weather conditions.
To be fair to Jersey, their performance was absolutely outstanding, the best I have played against this season as they starved us of possession, making us defend phase after phase and in the end they definitely deserved the win.
"I thought the lads put in a big effort last week at Pocklington, but on the day they executed their game plan better than us and starved us of possession.
We were 17-8 up, but they starved us of the ball in the second half and clawed their way back into it with a couple of penalties.
"It was a testament to Leicester that they starved us of quality possession.
However, the West Midlands Magistrates' Courts Committee (WMMCC) has starved us of funds for a considerably long period of time.
"I would have thought they will feel there is still room for improvement, but they certainly starved us of possesion, both at lineout and scrum.