Definition of starve in English:
- Otherwise, we'd all have frozen and starved to death.
- A prisoner has starved to death after fasting for seven months, becoming the 48th person to die in hunger strikes protesting against changes to Turkey's prison system.
- There is no cause to regret the passing of that system - millions of peasants starved to death - and those who now point to the absence of school fees in that period are at any rate one-sided.
- It was getting near to midday and I was starving hungry.
- I was ravenously starving all the time and I have nothing but admiration for people who manage this lifestyle.
- Everyone was famished, desperate and starving.
- ‘Moral issues are our bread and butter and we will not be starved out of this activity by such misguided and poorly grounded legislation,’ said Father Norden.
- Again, we could have blockaded and starved them out but that was not necessary.
- What if Germany's U-boats had won the Battle of the Atlantic and starved Britain into submission?
- Not a duff track among them, honestly, and the thing didn't even make it past 20 minutes, so naturally I was starved for more.
- Wavell believed that he was being starved of the necessary reinforcements which he believed he needed and he resigned in February 1942.
- Mullan speaks about his children with affection, something he was starved of by his own father, Charles.
In Anglo-Saxon times starve simply meant ‘to die’, especially a lingering death from hunger, cold, disease, or grief. People continued to use the word in this way for many centuries, and in northern English dialect starve can still mean ‘to die of cold’. The origin of the word is probably an ancient Germanic base that meant ‘to be rigid’. This rigid/dead connection is preserved in the modern slang use of stiff to refer to a dead body.
starve the beast US
- Limit or reduce government expenditure by cutting taxes: conservatives like to say their strategy of tax cuts all the time is designed to starve the beastMore example sentences
- This is the kind of stuff that happens in the real world when "starve the beast" becomes the mantra of a powerful claque.
- In the next breath, sounding like a "starve the beast" conservative, she said she hoped the price of oil, the principal variable of state revenue, would not rise too much.
- Most of our politicians cannot discipline themselves to spend other peoples' money wisely. Starve the beast!
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