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The grapes withered on the vine.
  to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)


to become weaker; or feel humiliated
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  • The grapes withered on the vine.
  • Her confidence withered under the criticism.
  • The grass withers, and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.
    Isaiah 40:8
  • Bobbie planted rose-bushes in her garden, but all the little new leaves of the rose-bushes shrivelled and withered, perhaps because she moved them from the other part of the garden in May, which is not at all the right time of the year for moving roses.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children

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  • Because Morrie sat in the wheelchair, the camera never caught his withered legs.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • He opened his pouch and drew out some withered leaves.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • My fury was gone, I felt it gone, dried up at the source, withered and lifeless.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • on the withered fingers
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • sometimes there will be a withered leg or a blind eye or a crumpled back.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • It looks dreadfully withered,
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew

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  • The withered mummy shuffled forward in her rainbow dress.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • But months after my 18th birthday, the recession hit, gas prices shot up, my savings withered and the reality of going nowhere fast hit me in the face.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • Small, withered women, skin creased over onto itself; dark, life-weary eyes that had seen everything.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • The moment his fingers touched them they became strangely withered and dried up as with a week’s sunshine.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • Her right arm had been horribly burned and she grew up with its skin withered and purple.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • The long copper frame was withered like an old tree and one hand lay limp on the dirt floor.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • In the stained-glass window, the lovely rose changed before our eyes into a ghostly specter of my daughter’s misshapen and withered arm.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • Now, away from that ocean, in the confines of a hospital bed, his body began to wither like a beached fish.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • May his beard wither!
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • But earthlier happy is the rose distill’d
    Than that which, withering on the virgin thorn,
    Grows, lives, and dies, in single blessedness.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • He then dropped on me a withering two-syllable "duh."
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • His lips were cracked and felt as if they were bleeding and if he did not drink some water soon he felt that he would wither up and die.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • WILLY [after a pause, withering]:
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • It was absolute misery to come back into the withering coldness.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • He could see Meo’s garden patch, weedy but still with the mark of Meo’s hand upon it, withering in the searing heat.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • It floated on the grass instead of walking, and the grass seemed to wither beneath it.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Last Battle
  • ...hope seemed to wither.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • It is a flame spirit in you ever gathering more of itself, While you, heedless of its expansion, bewail the withering of your days.
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet
  • Bonaparte’s condescending attitude was outrageous, but before Frederic could utter the withering retort that was just on the tip of his tongue, La Fayette laughed aloud.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • When one speaks, they all begin together, and it’s enough to make one wither to hear the way they go on!
    Lewis Carroll  --  Through the Looking-Glass
  • Jean Louise gave her uncle a look which withered him not at all and marched into the church with as much dignity as she could muster.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • My curiosity for the spy mission withers.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Most of the others sat slumped and sleeping in wheelchairs lined up in front of a huge television screen, all tethered to oxygen tanks like withered balloons.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • Expectations, evaluations, internal evasions
    Fly out of me like puddles of blood from a wound
    A fetus from the womb of a corpse in a tomb
    Withered and strewn like red sheets on the bed
    Of an immaculate room.
     I can’t breathe,
    I can’t win,
    From this indelible position I’m in
    It controls the only piece of my unfortunate soul
    Left to fend for itself in this hollowed-out hole
    That I dug from within, like a prisoner in
    An unlocked cell sitting in the deepest pits of…
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • But she raised her right hand, as thousands of other arms lifted into the air around her, and she chanted, with thousands of other voices, "If I turn traitor to the cause I now pledge, may this hand wither from the arm I now raise."
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Amy was clever, withering, sarcastic.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Getting out of bed had been painful earlier in the morning, and as he reached up to brush Horse’s neck and withers, he felt his back scream in protest.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Every night they withered and died, and every morning they were replaced, as fresh as the day before.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Cut off from supplies, with no means to marshal any significant fighting force, eventually this camp—and any others out there like it—will wither and die, like a vine cut off from its roots.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Now, you might think it would be far better to be locked in a cage than to be shot and mounted upon a wall, but peculiar creatures must roam free to be happy, and after a while the spirits of caged ones wither, and they begin to envy their wall-mounted friends.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Blackly he reposes, tender face the color of soot, withered limbs like veins of coal, feet lumps of driftwood hung with shriveled grapes!
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • In my experience, these creatures weren’t the sleazeballs who’d act sexually toward prisoners; in fact, they would never fraternize with lower life-forms like us, and they reserved their most withering scorn for their colleagues who treated us humanely.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • The back is a gaudy parade float of lilies and carnations and roses in varying states of bloom and wither.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Someone small with withered legs.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Her defenses withered a bit upon encountering the openness in his brown eyes.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Meg picked up another withered peach from the field, but it would offer her little defense against the forces of darkness.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • She lifted her head to give him a withering glare, but everything spun, dragging her down with it, and she retched again.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • It was an ancient woman, withered and bent, and Buttercup thought of all the faces that had gone by in her lifetime, but this one she could not remember.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • I le felt Very lonely and desolate as his thoughts turned far away—to the foolish, lovable bug; to the comforting assurance of Tuck, standing next to him; to the erratic, excitable PIN N E: to little Alec, who, he hoped, would someday reach the ground; to Rhyme and Reason, without whom Wisdom withered; and to the many, many others he would renumber always.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
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