shrivel up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v shrivel up wither, as with a loss of moisture "The fruit dried and shriveled"
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Quotations

  • Wallace Stevens
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    “It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom.”

Usage

In literature:

If a man has a shriveled-up heart and a big head he is a monster.
"Men of the Bible" by Dwight Moody
Till thy skin shrivels up and thou art a skeleton!
"A Christmas Greeting" by Hans Christian Andersen
People have to buy what the ad-men are selling, or the ad-men shrivel up, and already the trend seems to be showing up.
"Martyr" by Alan Edward Nourse
Some carry an atmosphere in which all unkind thoughts shrivel up and cannot grow into expression.
"Kept for the Master's Use" by Frances Ridley Havergal
Cancer sacs shrivel up and practically disappear under its action.
"A Brief Account of Radio-activity" by Francis Preston Venable
Whenever they did this the sugar-canes seemed to shrivel up and vanish.
"The City Curious" by Jean de Bosschère
Small men shrivelled up when he spoke to them.
"The Romance of the Reaper" by Herbert Newton Casson
But as long as our ammunition lasted their formations were immediately shrivelled up.
"The Goddess of Atvatabar" by William R. Bradshaw
Never fear; he'll wilt, wither, shrivel up.
"Ewing\'s Lady" by Harry Leon Wilson
In a year or two he would be shrivelled up into an irritable bunch of nerves, his ability wasted, his hopes stifled.
"Years of Plenty" by Ivor Brown
They were joined one day by a shrivelled-up old man of rather seedy appearance, and typically German.
"Spies of the Kaiser" by William Le Queux
The =Rose Slugworm= is much more common, and most destructive, eating the upper surface of the leaves and leaving the lower to shrivel up.
"Roses and Rose Growing" by Rose Georgina Kingsley
A man may shrivel his guts up to the size of a pipe stem.
"Horse-Shoe Robinson" by John Pendleton Kennedy
Both his enemies had escaped him, and his little soul shrivelled up at sight of the wreck of their mighty passions.
"The Bondman" by Hall Caine
Her cloud of canvas seemed to shrivel and disappear, as though it had been a scroll rolled up by an invisible hand.
"Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States" by Raphael Semmes
A shrivelled-up diminished countenance it was she thought.
"A Woman's Burden" by Fergus Hume
Cattle roamed without herdsmen, harvests withered up, grapes shrivelled on the vines.
"A Short History of Italy" by Henry Dwight Sedgwick
He is now a dry, shrivelled up, scoffing spirit.
"The Three Devils: Luther's, Milton's, and Goethe's" by David Masson
His method of shriveling up a name by merely pronouncing it is something that transcends my power to describe.
"The High Heart" by Basil King
Stella's heart beats, her boasted courage shrivels up to nothing.
"Erlach Court" by Ossip Schubin
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In poetry:

But twenty miles from this high butte
On which I stand,
The roots of rain have shrivelled up
In barren land.
"Rain Sequence" by Norman MacLeod
"Beauteous youth! no longer mayst thou live;
Here must shrivel up thy form so fair;
Did not I to thee a token give,
Taking in return this lock of hair?
"The Bride Of Corinth" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In news:

Many corn crops are on the verge of shriveling up in this heat.
SCOTT SUTTELL Mid-wage jobs shrivel up with the recession.
During the Great Recession, Maine daily newspapers' editorial pages shriveled up like slugs exposed to salt.
He'd stare as the tea leaves, seeped in water, transformed from shriveled-up leaves into the unfolding flowers that emitted peach or cinnamon aromas.
"Or, the worst thing that can happen, you open them up and they're all shriveled up inside.".
Shriveled old dried up grapes NOT GOOD.
You know the list that makes you want to SHRIVEL up and DIE of OLD AGE.
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