For some time, those contractors have faced the reality of a GOP increasingly willing to shrivel defense budgets.
However, if asked to bet whether right-wing apoplexy will grow or shrivel, the smart money obviously has to say the former.
When their fears are realized and the island looks likely to “shrivel and die” the seamen are driven to drastic measures.
Presidential power, like a muscle, can strengthen if exercised effectively—or shrivel.
Let the oysters simmer over the fire, but do not allow them to come to a boil, as that will shrivel them.
If you put the syrup hot to the ginger at first, it will shrink and shrivel.
The berries do not shrivel, but the rotted surface becomes dotted with pustules in which the spores are borne.
The thrift of New England did often shrivel into penuriousness.
But one time the crops failed—grew smaller and smaller—and began to shrivel up and die.
The woman seemed to sink, to shrivel, under the weight of her recollection.