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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.
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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.
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And so the work went on, steadily undoing itself, and the neatly-stitched little dresses, or whatever they were, steadily falling to pieces.
Therefore extraordinary expense must be limited by the worth of the occasion; for voluntary undoing, may be as well for a man's country, as for the kingdom of heaven.
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The fact is that over-brooding proves the undoing of a man--his complete undoing.
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