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wax and wane

Definition of wax and wane in English:

Undergo alternate increases and decreases: green sentiment has waxed and waned
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  • The organisation has seen its fortunes wax and wane over the past 40 years, reaching the height of its popularity in the 1980s during the Greenham Common cruise missile protests.
  • Because the symptoms of fibromyalgia wax and wane, treatment (as with that of other chronic diseases) is an ongoing process rather than management of a single episode.
  • Alternative malt beverages have been around for decades, their popularity waxing and waning among young adults.
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