Definition of dry up in English:

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dry up

1 informal Cease talking: then he dried up, and Phil couldn’t get another word out of him
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  • As BBC producers knew only too well, although he was a great talker, when faced with a microphone, he would dry up.
  • I am worried that when I perform in front of people, I will dry up.
2(Of something perceived as a continuous flow or source) decrease and stop: his commissions began to dry up
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  • With non-renewable energy sources drying up pretty rapidly alternatives will start to come on stream consistently in the coming years, Dr O'Connor said.
  • Many companies in the US over-invested on the back of ambitious growth forecasts and find themselves heavily indebted as cash flows dry up.
  • I think his cash flow may dry up and he won't be able to put his kids through college.
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