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un·do·ing

 (ŭn-do͞o′ĭng)
v.
Present participle of undo.
n.
1. The act of unfastening or loosening.
2.
a. Ruin; destruction.
b. The act of bringing to ruin.
c. A cause or source of ruin; downfall: Greed was his undoing.
3. The act of reversing or annulling something accomplished; a cancellation.

undoing

(ʌnˈduːɪŋ)
n
1. ruin; downfall
2. the cause of downfall: drink was his undoing.

un•do•ing

(ʌnˈdu ɪŋ)

n.
1. the reversing of what has been done; annulling.
2. the action of ruining or destroying.
3. a cause of destruction or ruin.
4. the act of unfastening or loosing.
[1300–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.undoing - an act that makes a previous act of no effect (as if not done)
policy change, volte-face, about-face, reversal - a major change in attitude or principle or point of view; "an about-face on foreign policy"
2.undoing - loosening the ties that fasten somethingundoing - loosening the ties that fasten something; "the tying of bow ties is an art; the untying is easy"
laxation, loosening - the act of making something less tight

undoing

noun downfall, weakness, curse, trouble, trial, misfortune, blight, affliction, the last straw, fatal flaw His lack of experience may prove to be his undoing.

undoing

noun
1. The act of destroying or state of being destroyed:
2. Something that causes total loss or severe impairment, as of one's health, fortune, honor, or hopes:
Translations
دَمار، كارِثَه
zkáza
ruin
eyîilegging, fall
mahvolma nedeni

undoing

[ˈʌnˈduːɪŋ] Nruina f, perdición f
that was his undoingaquello fue su ruina or perdición

undoing

[ˌʌnˈduːɪŋ] n
to be sb's undoing → causer la perte de qn
to lead to sb's undoing → mener qn à sa perte

undoing

nRuin m, → Verderben nt

undoing

[ʌnˈduːɪŋ] nrovina

undo

(anˈduː) past tense unˈdid (-ˈdid) : past participle unˈdone (-ˈdan) verb
1. to unfasten or untie. Could you undo the knot in this string?
2. to reverse, or destroy, the effect of. The evil that he did can never be undone.
unˈdoing noun
(the cause of) ruin or disaster. Gambling was his undoing.
unˈdone (-ˈdan) adjective
(of work, a task etc) not done, or not finished. I don't like going to bed leaving jobs/work undone.
References in classic literature ?
John had praised her, and was undoing the old pocketbook which they called the `bank', when Meg, knowing that it was quite empty, stopped his hand, saying nervously.
This fire begins to show too bright a flame," he continued, as they complied, "and might light the Mingoes to our undoing.
Even though you be a spy, and your words a trap for my undoing, yet are they such refreshment that to hear them again and others like to them, I would go to the gallows happy, as having had one good feast at least in a starved life.
He could not have locked his door without undoing his well-knotted string and retarding his supper; it was not worth his while to make that sacrifice.
Then I bent over it, slowly undoing the rimpis with which it was tied, while the sweat of terror ran down by face blinding me like tears.
Whether from love of form, or from curiosity, the marshals paid no attention to his expressions of reluctance, but unhelmed him by cutting the laces of his casque, and undoing the fastening of his gorget.
which was to twist it up into a sort of knot, and then keep tight hold of its right ear and left foot, so as to prevent its undoing itself,) she carried it out into the open air.
But, in order to expiate the sin of avarice, which was my undoing, I oblige each passer-by to give me a blow.
and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today.
I am not so strong as you," continued Robin; "that helmet and sword and buckler would be my undoing on the uncertain footing amidstream, to say nothing of your holy flesh and bones.
The fellow, acting on impulse of curiosity, stepped to my side and to his undoing, for as he leaned to peer over the eaves I grasped him by his throat and his pistol arm and threw him heavily to the roof.
For now, feeling as though my own brain were unhinged or as if the shock had come which must end in its undoing, I turn to my diary for repose.