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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.
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wring (one's) withers

To force an emotional or conscientious response from someone. Another film blatantly crafted to wring our withers ahead of awards season, its heavy-handed stance on morality and conscience end up coming off as cheap and cynical.
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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.
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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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wring someone's withers

stir someone's emotions or conscience.
This phrase is taken from Hamlet. In the play-within-the-play scene, Hamlet remarks ironically that there is no need for King Claudius, his usurping uncle, to feel troubled by the plot, remarking: ‘let the galled jade wince, our withers are unwrung’. The withers are the bony ridge between the shoulders of a horse which is liable to be chafed by an ill-fitting saddle.
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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.
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Ernest Withers image of his tortured body that made headlines around the globe," said Watts, the executive director of Emmett Till Legacy Foundation.
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The average measurements obtained for the four traits studied (Body weight Height at Wither Body Length and Heart girth) are summarized in Table-1.
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Anna Withers said: "We sell quite a few houses in the Priors Field catchment area, have developed good relationships with a number of families involved with the school and felt we'd like to do something concrete to help them.
Coronation Street scriptwriters famously thought Googie was already dead in 2004 when character Norris Cole, lamenting the poor state of Britain's jails, said: "Googie Withers would turn in her grave.
Born Georgette Lizette Withers in Britishcontrolled India, the actress was best known for starring in Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes and in prison TV series Within These Walls.
Australia: British actress Googie Withers, best known for her role in Alfred Hitchcock s 1938 film "The Lady Vanishes" has died in Sydney aged 94, friend and theatre producer John Frost said Sunday.
With the appointment of Withers, we are looking forward to further support the increasing needs of our clients in North America,” said Sebastian Pacey, Chief Executive Officer of Laeken International.
CRUSADERS hooker Lincoln Withers says the players owe their fans a strong end to the season, starting with Saturday's visit of Hull KR (3pm).
LEISURE and gaming industry veteran Roger Withers has rejoined the board of Liverpool-based pool-betting operator Sportech as non-executive chairman, writes Howard Wright.
Ernest Withers, who died in 2007 at the age of 85, took some of the most famous pictures of King, including him riding one of the first desegregated buses in Montgomery, Alabama, reports the Telegraph.