I remarked this in Peggotty, too, when she came down; and I have seen it since; and I think, in the expectation of that dread surprise, all other changes and surprises dwindle into nothing.
Then it was that I began, if I may so Shakespearianly express myself, to dwindle, peak, and pine.
Some attempts had been made, I noticed, to infuse new blood into this dwindling frame, by repairing the costly old wood-work here and there with common deal; but it was like the marriage of a reduced old noble to a plebeian pauper, and each party to the ill-assorted union shrunk away from the other.
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Her savings dwindled down
I started the diet with good intentions, but my resolution dwindled over time.