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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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Atta and El Khider (2004) reported that the male lambs of Nilotic sheep have higher value for height at wither then female lambs.
Body length, withers height and heart girth were found to be best fit accounting for 70 % of the live body weight in females Beetal goats.
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FINANCING: Withers estimated she invested $10,000 to $12,000 out of her own pocket in hardware to facilitate the site's production and maintenance; Merant reduced its usual development fee in exchange for a percentage of the profits.
Though Wither often took strong positions politically, he did indeed always try to warn and admonish those he defended, which makes it all the more likely that he would have composed some of the uncritically royalist works that have been ascribed to him.
Withers are an important part of history and must be preserved," said Mrs.
Mr Salman argued the offending was "wholly out of character" and told the court Withers is due to become a father for the first time later this year.
We are one of a small number of banks that has the capacity and capabilities to confirm these letters of credit," Withers says.
Withers, 49, of Edgeley, Stockport, told police: "I just lost it.
Bargoed: Tries: B Morgan, D Humphries, R Coombs, J Purcell; Cons: S Withers (3); Pen: S Withers Swansea: Pens: J Wilson (3)
Withers notched another penalty before Purcell raced over at the death for Bargoed.
For the last several years, Withers has owned and run WDTV and WVFX as a legal duopoly, under an FCC Failing Station Waiver, an arrangement that Gray would continue.
As for why Withers sold, Company President Dana Withers said: "The challenges facing family owned television stations led us to conclude that only a larger company can move WDTV/WVFX to the next level.
Critique: "Double-Act: The Remarkable Lives and Careers of Googie Withers and John McCallum" is an extraordinarily well researched, impressively written, deftly organized, and engagingly presented biography of two truly exceptional and talented people who ultimately and successfully combined competitive acting careers and a marriage.