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wither on the vine

1. Literally (of fruit), to shrivel and die before being harvested, due to neglect, adverse conditions, or lack of resources. You forgot to water my tomato plant! Now they've all withered on the vine! With the horrible drought we've had this summer, nearly all of the fruit in my orchards withered on the vine.
2. By extension, to fail prematurely or not come to fruition, as due to being ignored, neglected, impractical, or without the necessary means to succeed. The president made sweeping promises during his campaign, but many of those have withered on the vine. Many of the resources for students with learning disabilities have withered on the vine following the school board's budget cuts.
See also: on, vine, wither

wither away

to shrivel up; to shrink up. Soon, the wart withered away. Many of our roses withered away in the hot sun.
See also: away, wither

wither on the vine

 and die on the vine 
1. Lit. [for fruit] to shrivel on the vine or stem, unharvested. If we don't get out there into the field, the grapes will wither on the vine. The apples will die on the vine if not picked soon.
2. . Fig. [for someone or something] to be ignored or neglected and thereby be wasted. I hope I get a part in the play. I don't want to just die on the vine. Fred thinks he is withering on the vine because no one has chosen him.
See also: on, vine, wither

wither up

to shrivel up. It was so hot that the leaves of the trees withered up.
See also: up, wither

wither on the vine

Fail to come to fruition, as in This building project will wither on the vine if they don't agree on a price. This expression alludes to grapes shriveling and drying up because they were not picked when ripe.
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wither on the vine


die on the vine

If something withers on the vine, it fails or is destroyed because nobody supports it or does anything to make it successful. The chance to make peace certainly exists, but could still wither on the vine. I talked to people all over this state who are worried that the American dream is dying on the vine.
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wither on the vine

fail to be implemented or dealt with because of neglect or inaction.
The image of grapes failing to grow is probably a reference to various passages in the Bible in which a withered vine is used as a metaphor for a state of physical or spiritual impoverishment.
See also: on, vine, wither

ˌwither on the ˈvine

(formal) gradually come to an end or stop being effective: He used to be so ambitious, but his ambition seems to have withered on the vine.
If a grape withers on the vine, it dries up and dies before it can be picked.
See also: on, vine, wither
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Then every two months the wither height, hip height and body mass of each cattle were measured until the slaughtering.
Withers will be among a group of physicians and nurses from the United States, Europe, and Asia who will gather in Houston for the third annual International Street Medicine Symposium.
(2010) evaluated the productive performance of the five breeds of sheep prevailing in different parts of the Baluchistan province, observed to be significantly different among breeds (P>0.05) for withers height, body length and chest girth.
The average measurements obtained for the four traits studied (Body weight Height at Wither Body Length and Heart girth) are summarized in Table-1.
Live weight (LW) and other body characteristics recorded were body length (BL), height at withers (HW), chest girth (CG), rump (RP), and forehead (FH) were (inches) 27.16+-3.94 (Kg), 27.00+-1.35, 28.34+-1.32, 27.00+-1.41, 5.28+-1.48 and 3.18+-1.26, respectively.
Firstly, the analysis was performed with the full dataset with animals from 260 to 780 days of age, to estimate the heritability coefficient for body weight and height at withers. For body weight, the effects of sex and year of birth were considered as fixed, and, as covariates, the linear and quadratic effects of height and age.
Born Georgette Lizette Withers, Googie was raised in Britain where she took to the stage dancing and acting at a young age.
Withers for a long time and I am confident that his extensive sales and trading experience in this industry would help our position accelerate to another level of business growth in North America.
One team-mate who has impressed Withers this season has been Lloyd White.
The move completes a second formal reunion between Withers and Sportech chief executive Ian Penrose.
Scotland's Withered Hand, the musical project of Edinburgh-based visual artist Dan Willson, will be familiar to listeners of Marc Riley and Jarvis Cocker's 6Music shows.
But, unknown to King and other civil rights leaders, Withers was also passing photographs of them, their biographical details, summaries of their political beliefs, and even their car licence plate numbers to the government.
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Withers, a Marlboro High senior, has severely curtailed and considerably altered her training for indoor and outdoor track the last three years because of a baffling ailment that has stumped a handful of doctors.
The purpose of this essay is to share with the Caribbean scholarly community one of RISM's many "treasures." Specifically, our discussion will provide readers with highlights of the Carl Withers Manuscript Collection (CWMC), which includes subject matter specific to Carl Withers and his research in Cuba, but also lends itself to research on a wide range of topics, including cultural and visual anthropology, agrarian history, rural folklore, and religious and ethnic studies, to name but a few.