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waste away

1. To dwindle toward a state of nothingness or complete decrepitude; to wither away. He didn't want them to see him wasting away from the cancer. The old industrial site just sits out there wasting away, unable to be rezoned due to contamination.
2. To squander something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "waste" and "away." I feel like we've been wasting away every weekend watching TV. Let's try to get out of the house tomorrow. The old fool wasted his fortune away on trips to the casino.
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waste something away

to use something up wastefully; to dissipate something. He wasted all his money away and had to live in poverty. They wasted away everything and regretted it later.
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waste away

to wither or dwindle away. Our money just seemed to waste away. As she grew older, she just sort of wasted away.
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waste away

Lose energy and vigor, become enfeebled and weak, as in She was wasting away before our eyes. [Late 1300s]
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waste away

v.
1. To lose energy, strength, weight, or vigor; become weak or enfeebled: The patient wasted away from cancer.
2. To spend some time idly or wastefully: They are wasting their lives away playing video games. The idle rich waste away their days.
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Caption: Tumors implanted in adult female fruit flies cause healthy ovaries (one shown, left) to waste away.
It will eventually divert more than 34,000 tonnes of food store waste away from landfill every year, which will be re-cycled, re-used, turned into energy or sold on.
Akram failed to make any checks to establish the identity of the person he employed to take his waste away.
The tax aims to encourage companies and local authorities to divert waste away from landfill by producing less waste and recycling.
Cllr David Lonergan, Knowsley's Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Delivery said: "This 'opt-in' service will help divert waste away from landfill and avoid landfill penalties of up to pounds 150 per tonne.
His company's workers must remove enough of the litter to meet Kern standards or haul all of the green waste away.
In the Guam disease, people typically lose muscle strength and control and then waste away.
5-million-ton mountain of radioactive waste away from the Colorado River at Moab, Utah, came a step closer to reality as a subcommittee of the U.
The man was working at Waste Away Skip Hire, in Bootle, when he was pulled beneath the machinery.
It sounds like he is struggling to eat and he may be in pain so unless you want to watch him waste away I suggest you should consider taking him to your vet very soon.
Coun Reid said the aim was to divert 92% of household waste away from landfill by encouraging residents to reduce the amount they produce and by recycling more.
Between them, the new facilities will help divert 92% of Northumberland's household waste away from landfill tipping by 2012.
They allowed the lurcher to waste away until he weighed just 20lbs and a vet said the pet was the thinnest he had ever treated.
Come on Conwy, you have to take our plastic waste away
Judy, of Warwickshire, was born with spinal muscular atrophy, a condition that causes muscles to waste away.
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