dry up

Meaning: If something like water or oil dries up, or its source dries up, it means it's all gone and there is none left.

For example:

  • dry up It hasn't rained for many months and many of our rivers and lakes are drying up fast.

  • dry up If the world's oil reserves dry up, we'll have to find other energy sources.

Quick Quiz:

The dams on our farm have dried up because there has been

a. very heavy rain

b. very little rain

c. too much rain

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