Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to withers: withers away

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

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.
See also: withers, wring

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 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.
See also: on, vine, wither

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.
See also: on, vine, wither

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

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.
See also: withers, wring

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
References in periodicals archive ?
Withers, who joined Cavotec in November 2018 as group VP Finance Excellence, will replace current CFO Kristiina Leppanen, who will leave the company at the end of March 2019.
"We were told there and then that he would only have six months to live," said Mrs Withers.
In biometric traits, male had significant difference in height at wither, chest girth, rump height, body girth and finally the body weight as compared to female animals.
Withers and his team are now working to validate the enzymes and test them on a larger scale for potential clinical testing.
Withers spoke to the audience on Baba Day regarding the life work of her father who passed away on October 15, 2007.
Prosecutors said expectant dad Withers wanted to turn left but he was in the right-hand lane so he cut across the path of the driver on his left to exit the roundabout.
According to Withers, Mauritius's value as a finan- cial hub is also based on the country's strong credit rating, an open economy without foreign exchange controls, its reliable infrastructure, and its bilingual labour force.
88 Withers Street located in one of Brooklyn's most desirable live-work-play neighborhoods.
And an hour later a family row broke out which ended in Withers repeatedly knifing her partner, 45-year old courier Jason Capper, in the back and neck.
Wilson restored his side's lead with a pair of penalties but the home side hit-back once again - this time through centre Darren Humphries who powered over the try-line before Withers notched the extras to give Bargoed a 14-9 lead at the break.
But Bargoed hit back in stunning fashion once again as centre Humphries burst through the heart of the Swansea defence to cross over the whitewash - with Withers' conversion giving the home side a fivepoint lead at the break.
has entered a deal with Withers BroadCASting Company to take over WDTV (CBS) and WVFX (FOX/CW) in Clarksburg, West Virginia, for $26.5 million in cash.
Martin Withers led the first Vulcan attack on the Port Stanley airfield during the 1982 Falklands War - an operation that has entered RAF mythology due to the audacity of the 8,000 mile round trip.
Synopsis: Not many entertainers can boast of careers that lasted successfully for nearly 70 years, but that is what was achieved by Australian actors Googie Withers and John McCallum.
James Withers, 24, pleaded guilty to being drunk and to disorderly behaviour in public.