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English definition of “waste away”

waste away

verb [T] uk phrasal verb with waste   /weɪst/ us  
to gradually get thinner and weaker, in a way that is unhealthy: You get thinner every time I see you, Sara - you're wasting away!Becoming and making less strong
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