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Her savings dwindled down
  to decrease — in count or substance
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  • Her savings dwindled down
  • I started the diet with good intentions, but my resolution dwindled over time.
  • the world’s dwindling population of sperm whales
  • Support for the legislation is dwindling.

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  • As the last rays of daylight dwindled and disappeared, absolute blackness settled down on Treasure Island.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • The canals will stink; the streams of Egypt will dwindle and dry up. The reeds and rushes will wither,
    Isaiah 19:6 (NIV)
  • You are not without the capacity of veneration, and faith and hope, and conscience and reason, and every other requisite to a Christian’s character, if you choose to employ them; but all our talents increase in the using, and every faculty, both good and bad, strengthens by exercise: therefore, if you choose to use the bad, or those which tend to evil, till they become your masters, and neglect the good till they dwindle away, you have only yourself to blame.
    Anne Bronte  --  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.
    Proverbs 13:11 (NIV)
  • They dwindled down to a couple in the last few years.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • I race past all of them, down Serra’s main thoroughfare, through the dwindling crowds of Execution Square, and up the cobbled streets of the Illustrian Quarter.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes

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  • As food and water dwindled, more of the packs became available to use for protection from the sun, and fewer Gladers had to walk in pairs.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • Tendrils of lightning-like electricity snaked across Brenda’s body, then dwindled to smoky wisps as they raced out along the floor.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • After a while, the smiling dwindled.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • With the names out there, the Selection felt that much more real, and I was saddened by the dwindling days of solitude.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • She let go of Alec, and the three of them stood in a line, shoulder to shoulder, as the fire dwindled, revealing a circle of slightly darkened earth where the flames had burned, and inside it, two figures.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Not to mention the threat of radiation outside—though Alec thinks it’s finally dwindling.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • But with Mia’s contact dwindling, I needed answers.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • I press my hands against my head and rock back and forth, and I have this weird sensation of floating above my body, and then I’m rocketing into the sky at a thousand miles an hour and watching myself dwindle into a tiny spot before the immensity of the Earth swallows me.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Her eyes seemed to shine in the dwindling light, bright and birdlike, like a wizened owl’s.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Finally, campfires dwindling, they laid out sleeping rolls for us and sang a lullaby in a lilting foreign language, and I felt pleasantly like a child.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • He thumbed through his dwindling stack of orange and blue money.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • The Camp population continued to dwindle, with many empty beds.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • "Can’t spare any time, either," Wilem said into his rapidly dwindling meat pie.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Indeed, I have long felt that I ought to place my energies toward the reckoning of what stands in the here and now, especially given my ever-dwindling years, and so this is what I shall do.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • They’d been on Earth less than a week, and already their rations were dwindling.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Some have gone without heat as our energy supplies dwindle.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • There was much to remember about that time, and much to tell, but the moon in its nightly travels would dwindle, disappear, and fatten again before their stories were entirely told.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • The fire had dwindled to embers; a cold gray light seeped in through her curtains.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • And the English language dwindled to a single word, repeated over and over: "Congratulations!"
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • They tried to pass the time with small talk but. their words dwindled into silence.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • Below them the trees of the mountain dwindled, became sparse, were replaced by bushes and then small, dry grasses, and then vegetation ceased entirely and there were only rocks, points and peaks of rock, sharp and dangerous.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • I listen to everyone talk until the conversation dwindles and the coffee pot is empty.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Her thought processes dwindled, ceased.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • My eyes had gradually adapted to the dwindling light outside as the horse stumbled through the stones and gorse, so it was a shock to step from near-dark into what seemed a blaze of light inside.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • He’d been home consulting for seven years, each year with dwindling revenue.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Every so often my way dwindled or closed up unexpectedly and in my ears a roaring crowd noise, I wasn’t sure where it came from.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Over his shoulder, back in the ballroom, the receiving line dwindles.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • PARRIS, with dwindling conviction now: A precaution only.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • I nod and grab a red shirt from the dwindling pile of clothes.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Louie caught nothing, and his hook supply dwindled.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • One by one he heard the Gladers’ dwindling shouts and hoots up ahead.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • I have been waiting to fire, only too aware of my dwindling supply of arrows.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Gradually, our numbers begin to dwindle, and it’s just me and Uriah and Drew.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • All that was left was the body, the dwindling smell of smoke, and the smiling teddy bear.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Within another hour, the number of surviving kites dwindled from maybe fifty to a dozen.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • And you got in and we drove back to the firehouse in beatific silence, all —dwindled away to peace.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • By evening the voice dwindles to a croaking.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • But I can sit here with my dwindling days and look at what I think is important in life.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • So our numbers slowly dwindle.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • The firelight fell on the grouped people, showing their faces and their eyes, dwindling on their dark clothes.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
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