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wither away

to shrivel up; to shrink up. Soon, the wart withered away. Many of our roses withered away in the hot sun.
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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.
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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.
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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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Withering had graduated with an MD in 1766 and set up a practice in Binningham.
Withering learned about the 'wise woman of Shropshire' who had a secret formula for treating dropsy.
Since Withering already knew a great deal about plants, he immediately recognized that the most likely active ingredient was an extract of foxglove.
Withering was a rich physician who moved into Edgbaston Hall and became a member of the Lunar Society of Birmingham.
Withering found out that the vital ingredient of the remedy was foxglove, and he experimented on more than 160 patients before ending up with a medicine of dried powdered leaf, which the patient should swallow.
The withering unit, used to undertake the withering process, follows the same principle as the withering trough in a factory.
The Tea Research Foundation of Kenya said of these units: "Compared with other miniature processing units we have used in the past, we are particularly happy with the withering and fermenting units.
Anyone who knows anything about the Lunar Society or 18th-century Birmingham knows about Withering and his foxgloves.
There were plenty of cases to draw on since, as Withering says in the introduction, his position at the hospital meant that he was dealing with two or three thousand out-patients a year.