waste away
Verb

waste away

  1. (idiomatic) To lose energy and/or become weak and feeble.
    She watched him waste away from lack of food or exercise.
    • 2020 April, Elizabeth Kolbert, Why we won't avoid a climate catastrophe, National Geographic
      The perennial Arctic ice cap—the sea ice that persists through winter and summer—is wasting away. Over the past half century it has shrunk by more than a million square miles
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