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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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IT'S no wonder Kelly Osbourne looks like she is wasting away - the only thing in her mouth these days seems to be her boyfriend's tongue.
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They claimed her death was the result of myotonic dystrophy, a congenital disorder characterized by mental deficiency and wasting away of muscles.
It must be terrible for any top flight sportsman to feel their health wasting away.
They claimed her death was the result of myotonic dystrophy, a congenital disorder characterized by wasting away of muscles and mental deficiency.
Michael and Kathleen Gentry insist they never withheld food from their daughter, who was born with myotonic dystrophy, a congenital disorder characterized by wasting away of muscles and mental deficiency.
It means there are vast sums of money wasting away in accounts because customers are not looking for the better deals.
Defense attorneys said Lindsay died at age 15 - weighing just 44 pounds while standing 4 feet 8 inches tall - as a natural result of myotonic dystrophy, a congenital disorder characterized by mental deficiency and the wasting away of muscles.
For three days McCoy drank only liquids, spent endless hours wasting away in a sauna; his stomach rumbled and his body ached.
Back in her modest Virginia hometown, her widowed father Charles (Jason Robards) is absentmindedly busting up cars, confusedly mailing off packages to his dead son and, in general, wasting away.
A Rembrandt worth untold millions has been wasting away in the cellar because nobody would believe it was the genuine article.
Kathleen Gentry also suffers from a milder form of the disorder, which is characterized by the wasting away of the muscles.
Mary Kerwick is living every parent's worst nightmare as she watches her beautiful daughter wasting away before her eyes.
Lindsay Gentry suffered from congenital myotonic distrophy, a hereditary affliction characterized by the wasting away of muscles, formation of cataracts, premature baldness and, frequently, mental deficiency.