waste away

This page is about the phrasal verb waste away.

Meaning: If you waste away, you gradually become thinner and weaker, usually because of an illness.

Synonym: wither away

For example:

  • waste away It was terrible watching my dog waste away due to the cancer in her stomach.

  • waste away Bob was wasting away until we started him on this fantastic new drug.

Quick Quiz:

You'll slowly waste away if you don't

a. eat enough food

b. drink enough beer

c. make enough money

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