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wax and wane

To alternatingly increase and decrease. My fortune has waxed and waned over the years, but I live simply anyway, and it has never affected me much. Voter turnout waxes and wanes depending on which positions are up for election.
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be on the wane

To be decreasing or lessening. Thank goodness this storm is finally on the wane—I can't tolerate another day of rain.
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on the wane

becoming less; fading away. Her influence in on the wane, but she is still the boss.
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wax and wane

Fig. to increase and then decrease, as the phases of the moon. As the moon waxes and wanes, so does the height of the tide change. Voter sentiment about the tax proposal waxes and wanes with each passing day.
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wax and wane

Increase and decrease, as in size, number, strength, or intensity, as in Enrollments in these programs wax and wane from year to year. This expression alludes to the phases of the moon, with its periodic changes in size. It was first recorded in the 1300s.
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wax and wane

undergo alternate increases and decreases.
2002 New York Times The level of security that people are psychologically able to accept changes as crisis situations wax and wane.
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be on the ˈwane

(written) be becoming smaller or less strong: Their political power is on the wane.
When the moon is on the wane it appears smaller in the sky.
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ˌwax and ˈwane

(literary) increase then decrease in strength, importance, etc. over a period of time: The government’s popularity has waxed and waned over the past year.
These two verbs describe the changing shape of the moon in the sky. When the moon waxes, more of it is visible, and when it wanes we see less of it.
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on the wane

In a period of decline or decrease: "The tide was near the turn and already the day was on the wane" (James Joyce).
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J D-P: The projects we have done under WANE include: Beads arrangement projects by the Zimmerman Widows Association in Nungua in the Greater Accra Region; the Soap Making Project carried out by the Dunkwa-On-Offin Widows Association in the Central Region; the Gari Processing Project by the Women's Alliance for Development in Hikpo in the Volta Region; and the huge radio and TV campaign against injustices meted out to widows in Ghana on Adorn FM and Multi-TV.
In order to find this limit, second moments of area of waned parts of cross sections were compared with calculating these parts as circular sections with radius defined by the width of the beam and the wane on the actual side and the adjacent edges of the vertical sides.
The Warriors take on the Rabbitohs on Saturday morning, a friendly fixture that gives Wane the opportunity to once again take on Australian competition.
Wane said: "We need to make sure they see the best of us because our memories of playing over here are not great.
New St Helens coach Justin Holbrook is spared the quick turn-around after his club's fixture at Huddersfield was re-arranged but Wane has no complaints over a move critics say harms player welfare.
Wigan announced O'Loughlin was "highly unlikely" to play again this year after tearing a calf muscle in the warm-up to their home game against Catalans Dragons a fortnight ago but Wane, speaking at the Grand Final media day at Old Trafford, is refusing to rule the England captain out for the weekend.
I won't be rushed into getting him into the first team," said Wane.
Former Great Britain forward Wane, who was unveiled as Michael Maguire's successor at a news conference at the DW Stadium, has signed a two-year contract, with an option for a third season.
Funfair Wane fared well enough in his final warm-up in Wednesday's Portland, beaten three lengths by Halmahera, and has dropped to a career-low mark, 10lb less than when he plundered the big prize two years ago.
Although Fire Up The Band is one of the leading fancies for this pounds 100,000 sprint, David Nicholls is also keen on the chance of Funfair Wane who is at much bigger odds.
Bob Wane, aged 56, of Robin Hood Road, Willenhall, and his wife Jill, aged 47, are setting off next month to meet Mr Wane's half-sister Judith for the first time.
Among several of these stars, magnetically regulated emissions from calcium atoms wax and wane in sync with stellar rotation, says Neugebauer.
The brokerage believes that DOW should gain traction with its November price increases, but its overall chemical-pricing power should weaken as energy costs wane.
SHAUN Wane has warned Wigan's Super League rivals his team are fired up to right the wrongs of last season.
WIGAN boss Shaun Wane will meet with his Super League counterparts today to stress the benefits of running a reserve team.