How To Use Undoing In A Sentence

  • The council said that cuts to national park budgets risked undoing that work. Times, Sunday Times
  • And then there was Munster's inability to cope with the dinks and kicks through by Duncan McRae and Henry Paul which eventually proved their undoing.
  • Unfortunately, the group's dalliance with satanism proved to be their undoing, the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back.
  • He is capable of taking over this game, and if he does, Illinois' primary weakness will be its undoing.
  • Alas, the thickening undergrowth has also proven the undoing of one of the less bright avian ground feeders.
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  • SAMSON AND DELILAH 1949 Lamarr ' s last really great film, made in glorious Technicolor, gave her the role she was born to play: Delilah, the Bible temptress who is the undoing of Samson. Her Face Was Her Misfortune
  • But there was always Leam in the background with whom he had to reckon -- Leam, who wandered through the house in her straight-cut, plain black gown, made in the deepest fashion of mourning devisable, pale, silent, feverish, like an avenging spirit on his track; undoing what he had done if he had profaned an embodied memory of her mother, and as impervious to his anger as he was to her despair. Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 097, January, 1876
  • There is no doubt that Hammarskj6ld's northern sense of propriety was deeply shaken by the roughness of the outburst, and ironically, since the Russian code of what is socially permissible comes largely across the Baltic from Sweden, it was precisely this rowdy behavior of Khrushchev's, dubbed Ne-Kulturny (uncultured), which eventually proved his undoing at home. An Autobiography
  • The happenstance of the love for the tree house, ostensibly built for the children, might well have been your undoing.
  • Sweeney's conversion edged the Dragons a point in front but just as quickly, a stupidly errant hand in the scrum proved their undoing.
  • As the anthrax example demonstrates, our own investment in weapons of mass destruction can easily turn into our own undoing.
  • Gingrich's poll numbers have lagging and the drawn-out contest he previously advocated for increasingly looks like it could be his undoing. Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri results – live
  • For instance, in the Odyssey, while Odysseus is away, Penelope keeps weaving and undoing and reweaving a funeral shroud for her father-in-law, Laertes; she is doing this to postpone a task she does not want, that of giving up on Odysseus and choosing from among her pesky suitors. Ingrid Hill - An interview with author
  • What is the enemy's capability to mount sustained operations? Could they succeed in undoing our gains?
  • If not, he's faced with undoing a lifetime's worth of assumptions.
  • While her uncompromising attitude should be applauded, it is also her undoing because once again she falls into the trap of making a high-minded concept album that is too long.
  • Trolling a large lure in mid-river was the undoing of the monster predator that was lurking in the deep section
  • These range from nice functions like undoing and redoing a command, running spellcheck and printing a document.
  • In a sense, his undoing was the fact that he made no secret of how he revelled in success and its trappings.
  • So Sibyl proceeded to begin undoing her bodice and chemise.
  • Roberto's undoing is his resemblance to her father - she latches on to him as a surrogate who she can "punish" - and I suspect that this goes deeper than his physical appearance. DVD Times
  • Playing on grass remains something of a mystery and an opponent with experience could prove her undoing. Times, Sunday Times
  • That, as much as anything, could prove his undoing.
  • An editorial in the New York Times titled "A Tammany School Board Still," attacked Mayor Gaynor and Tammany's attempts to roll back the clock on civil service reform by gaining complete control over teacher and administrative appointments to the schools, thus undoing fourteen years of school reforms. Marc Epstein: What Is the Meaning of LIFO: You're Fired Mr. Chips!
  • Their fatal weakness for publicity is their undoing.
  • Close behind are undoing knots and knowing how to put up a tent. The Sun
  • The sign of Pisces is associated with the Twelfth house of the Zodiac, which is called the House of Self-Undoing. Horoscope for the week of March 9, 2008
  • He was America's "shah"-and that has also been his undoing. Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion
  • Some will involve undoing past arrangements, while others are about more far-reaching changes. Times, Sunday Times
  • Its inveterate good manners are ultimately its undoing.
  • The latter seems unlikely, since it would require undoing fateful decisions that MySpace made several years ago, decisions that made good sense at the time but have since been draining vitality from the company. Why MySpace Is Really GeoCities 2.0
  • Global warming, they have been telling us for years, will prove to be man's undoing, man creating his own doomsday.
  • However, as opportunistically as St Brendan's took their three goals it was their inability to string any real sort of scoring run together that was their ultimate undoing.
  • West Ham have won three of their six matches against the top four teams, but their record against those around them could prove their undoing. Times, Sunday Times
  • With a funny little sigh that was half a laugh, he moved on to the buttons along the front of my bodice, fingers stumbling over them as if he'd rather be undoing them rather than buttoning them up.
  • Fans of vampire lore balked at the undoing of the genre [...] breanna, on January 23rd, 2009 at 1: 08 pm Said: well Twilight isnt emo (not once did anyone cut theirself). but i agree with you with the thing about everyone obbesesed with these books? they are good i agree but not fall down love over. Book Review: Twilight | Heretical Ideas Magazine
  • If you become too obsessed with something you lose sight of things and it leads to your own undoing. The Sun
  • The lever couldn't be removed without undoing the nut so I decided to cut it with my hacksaw.
  • The Indian government team lost a lot of ground and successive efforts were devoted to undoing some of this damage.
  • Close behind are undoing knots and knowing how to put up a tent. The Sun
  • But his prowess in distance running proved his undoing. Times, Sunday Times
  • The Labour leadership has badly let down its back benches and the electorate by undoing its accomplished manifesto promise, now they stand for nothing.
  • Tucking the end of the sash between my thumb and the palm of my hand, I gave a hard tug, undoing the knot.
  • By stopping smoking you are undoing most of the damage smoking has caused.
  • We just weren't organised enough to deal with the break and that's been our undoing.
  • But which is the lesser evil, until we are able to remoralise whole groups and classes of people, undoing the harm done when already weak restraints on strong instincts are further weakened by permissiveness in television, in films, on bookstalls? Howard Flight echoes Keith Joseph's 1974 warning that 'our human stock is threatened'
  • Temperance groups - as devoted to their cause as were the drinkers - did their best and often succeeded in persuading boozers that strong drink was their undoing.
  • After 10 years, I can fundamentally say that there is a global pattern which I am now calling" femicide "that is systemically undermining, undoing and desecrating women. Marianne Schnall: Jane Fonda, the Today Show and the "C-word"
  • The good news is that undoing these self-inflicted problems is within your own power. Times, Sunday Times
  • I reciprocated and started undoing various buttons, zips and straps.
  • You can detach the handle of the saucepan by undoing this screw.
  • For that same reason, human science cannot discover God; for human science is but the backward undoing of the tapestry-web of God's science, works with its back to him, and is always leaving him -- his intent, that is, his perfected work -- behind it, always going farther and farther away from the point where his work culminates in revelation. Unspoken Sermons Series I., II., and II.
  • DeNiro underacts brilliantly, creating a character whose obsessive concern for control and order is both his means to the top and his undoing.
  • That was to prove her undoing. Times, Sunday Times
  • She has invented a nifty little gadget for undoing stubborn nuts and bolts.
  • Undoing his tie, he shoved it into his pocket, untucking his shirt and rolling up its sleeves to his elbows.
  • The undoing is almost always more difficult than the doing (page 185). The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo: Questions
  • History has reserved that kind of worshipful treatment only to Adolf Hitler during the late 1930s as he was credited by Germans for undoing Versailles and restoring respect for Germany internationally. Slaughter “A Product of Circumstance” « Antiwar.com Blog
  • He simply chuckled in return, stepping closer and undoing the latch to the metal box on the floor.
  • But much work remains to be done in fighting stigma and prejudice, training medical health professionals and undoing the damage that excessive marketisation has wrought on the Chinese medical system.
  • It becomes a pivotal point for thinking about relationships and it take s a lot of undoing. The Sun
  • They're ragged, close together and, when the sea gets really bad, capable of undoing a recreational fishing vessel through swamping or capsizing or otherwise overwhelming the boat.
  • `The witch tree symbol was his undoing," the police officer announced on the short-wave radio. THE WITCH TREE SYMBOL
  • In his case, it is toff triumphalism that may be his undoing. Times, Sunday Times
  • The children worshiped him, and if he had been spoilable my wife would surely have been his undoing. THE HEATHEN
  • It becomes a pivotal point for thinking about relationships and it take s a lot of undoing. The Sun
  • It was not until March in 1782 that the brothers made the error that was the beginning of their undoing.
  • By stopping smoking you are undoing most of the damage smoking has caused.
  • Marxists say it's not possible to change the rules, that capitalism will always engender its own crises, that its own avidity, greed, and iron laws will be its undoing.
  • Once again, football's insatiable greed threatens to be its undoing.
  • Their undoing was their failure to capitalise on at least three overlaps from which tries beckoned.
  • And they would expect Bart Stupak to immediately begin undoing that proposal as soon as it passed. Matthew Yglesias » In the Long Run
  • Twice it seemed Carnoustie had the cup in their grasp, but each time it was their own failings, rather than the extraordinary Strang which proved their undoing.
  • However, this approach almost proves his undoing as he fails to spot Warne's slider and is agonisingly close to edging the ball to Gilchrist.
  • Her mother's undoing was prompted by her discovery that Alessandro, her much younger husband, had fallen in love with a family friend.
  • He warned that lobbyists risked undoing much of the reform envisaged by the Vickers review. Times, Sunday Times
  • The children worshipped him; and if he had been spoilable, my wife would surely have been his undoing. THE HEATHEN
  • And such undoing is a function of keen editorial attention. Rethinking the Early Shelley
  • It was, of course, not really the food that caused the undoing. Times, Sunday Times
  • There are glimpses of smoky rooms, rolling seas and fiery skies, all conveyed with the desperation of a man who clearly realizes his escapism is also his undoing.
  • They pulled one or two shirts in the game and that turned out to be their undoing.
  • Just then, there was a short knock and the door swung open to reveal his mother, undoing her tight, business-like bun.
  • But as he felt his way down the stairs, that were dimly lighted now, he knew he had all his senses with him, for he "spotted" and admired the lurking places that had been designed for undoing of the unwary, or even the overwary. In The Time Of Light
  • She was repeatedly doing up and undoing the bottom button of her black cardigan.
  • Politics, again, will prove his undoing. Times, Sunday Times
  • But their lack of goals this season has been worrying and that may be their undoing in the next round. Times, Sunday Times
  • Its precarious foundations caused the undoing of what had promised to be a great success story. Times, Sunday Times
  • I replied, undoing my ponytail and teasing my hair to make it look a bit better.
  • The selfish, stupid, shortsighted attitudes of ‘progressive’ people are their own undoing.
  • More worrying still, the very instruments they have packed their balance sheets with might well prove their undoing next time around. Times, Sunday Times
  • Bolivia's first Indian president says the charter will "decolonize" South America's poorest country, undoing the influence of its Spanish conquerers. - Latest Popular Stories, Instablogs Community
  • Close behind are undoing knots and knowing how to put up a tent. The Sun
  • The boys' sleeves were attached by poppers that made for lots of arms coming loose before time and the girls' skirts were buttoned on, equaling lots of frantic undoing whilst dancing to get the bloody things off.
  • She spied the knot in the rope that bound her ankles and immediately set to undoing it.
  • (And this reading may or may not be supported by the text, but one was given the sense that she had volunteered the plan of substituting for Isabella, which I found fascinating: she wasn't just a chesspiece of his undoing; she still wanted him, fucked-up and faithless as he was.) Measure For Measure
  • Jimmy Carter, who positioned himself a notch to the right of New Deal liberalism, also found appeal in undoing regulations. Inside Man
  • His fear is that this proof will have to be produced individually in each case and that the process will prove the undoing of many, in dairy farming in particular.
  • But in taking on the anti-communists, overconfidence may prove to be his undoing.
  • Brett opened the door, undoing her seatbelt and picking her up in his arms.
  • The curious state of arrested, prenatal, development in which the law had been left - unimplemented but unrepealed - was to prove the Home Secretary's undoing when the battle shifted to the courts.
  • In the end, they adopted a little of both, which may have been their ultimate undoing.
  • Greed has been the undoing of many a businessman.
  • She did not speak when he lifted her effortlessly and carried her to the divan, undoing her choli and her ghagara, laying her out in front of his gaze. Shadow Princess
  • Undoing the clasp, he lurches forward and nabs the strap of my dress.
  • In the long run, such a change has the promise of both righting the economy and undoing social wrongs.
  • Worst case scenario, I come back with a cold and am still left with the daunting task of undoing all my bad karma with good karma.
  • Also, if I remember correctly, Dr. Ornish is a physician who specializes in undoing some forms of cardio-vascular disease solely through diet and exercise (i.e., without surgery or other invasive procedures). The Volokh Conspiracy » Are Carbs Worse than Fat?
  • He is back: ‘My favorite American expression is ‘fanny pack’,’ he tee-hees, undoing all his sterling work of the 73rd minute.
  • Whereupon Gilbert, who is intelligent in his way, but easily frightened, blithered and launched forth into stories and lies which will end in his undoing. The Crystal Stopper
  • And irrelevance, ultimately, will be the policy's undoing.
  • Undoing the people's will is the mystical bait and switch known as the alchemistic art of the political magic, it's cornerstone and that ruling spirit is enmeshed in every aspect of the phantom system governance. Room Eight
  • McGinley had been in touch with the leaders since day one but two bogeys and a double bogey in four holes proved his undoing.
  • But as Demeo told him, tu illum corrumpi sinis, your lenity will be his undoing, praevidere videor jam diem, illum, quum hic egens profugiet aliquo militatum, I foresee his ruin. Anatomy of Melancholy
  • I spent a long time undoing five knots from one length of yo-yo string.
  • Money galore can be pumped into cleanliness but you cannot stop Joe Public from undoing all the hard work by dropping litter or dumping rubbish.
  • Glaswegians everywhere were celebrating the arrival of the fine weather by undoing the top toggle on their duffel-coats.
  • Political correctness is an abomination to all free societies and will prove to be the undoing of the life style that we have enjoyed for so long. "Profiling" in airports
  • You can detach the handle of the saucepan by undoing this screw.
  • The forces that led to the council's undoing will not disappear.
  • But this time, it has more to do with rectifying or even undoing some of the damage that resulted from the last international economic movement.
  • That's pretty simple, but undoing the buckles is a little harder. Celebrity Baby Blog
  • He'd had them gift-wrapped, but now he couldn't resist undoing the packages to show the toys off to Ella Jean. BLACK EAGLES
  • Such garbled ruminations, however, were my very first undoing, for instanter I had stepped on vicious air and landed a good three feet below.
  • The hullabaloo following this seemed to unsettled Laois who appeared to lose their concentration, and this very nearly proved to be their undoing.
  • Michael: Yes, since PR sculpting wasn't working anyway, there is no point in undoing all the nonsense changes that people have learned to live with and depend on. Best of SMX Advanced 2009 | Managing Greatness
  • There will then be the tremulous undoing of the top pyjama button - before the cry of'Daddy! Times, Sunday Times
  • By contrast, the Foxes created just two chances and scored twice as the visitors' defensive failings proved to be their undoing again.
  • Good-by, dear lad," that was once more near to my undoing, we were untied, and the men at the poles pushed hard and walked rapidly back to the stern, and the men at the cordelle pulled all together, with a long-drawn "Heave, ho, heave!" and we were off. The Rose of Old St. Louis
  • It is that lack of batting consistency that has been our undoing so far, but we are starting to put together higher totals more regularly.
  • I'm totally undoing whatever good this massage is doing. Tyler gets his first professional massage
  • This busy idleness is our undoing.
  • They were however a little unlucky not to get something out of both matches as they fluffed some good chances in both matches and gave away some rather soft goals which was to prove their undoing.
  • The common view is that it was the track which proved his undoing and fans are not at all downhearted by that defeat.
  • It's possible, but not likely, that signal intelligence, known as "sigint," could be bin Laden's undoing. The Long Hunt for Osama
  • I looked up at the structure that had been the instrument of our undoing and cursed it.
  • Indeed, for de Man, language actively participated in undoing its own figures of personification, disfiguring the human face by transforming it into an inanimate statue or by reducing it to the lines from an epitaph. The Last Formalist, or W.J.T. Mitchell as Romantic Dinosaur
  • Would it risk undoing the gifts of grace amid generations of conflict? Christianity Today
  • Pitching will be their undoing; the rotation is full of hold-your-breath types, and the middle-inning relief is downright putrid.
  • The deckhands were busy undoing the smaller sails aft and ahead.
  • United huffed and puffed, and always looked organised, but their old failings in front of goal were again their undoing.
  • There amid the hard, busy life of the tannery and the farm we hid our love, hid it for fear of being undone by it or of undoing one another. Rachel Cusk | Portraits
  • In short, the "metaphorical substitution" is in fact a self-undoing trope that self-deconstructs into the catachrestic imposition of a name. Discontinuous Shifts: History Reading History
  • Solid elsewhere, their undoing was again a toothless attack, Stranraer maintain at least a hope of a stunning advance into the fourth round once the replay is negotiated in Leith.
  • Some years ago — the fifth year of the siege, actually — there was a scholic from the Twenty-sixth Century, a chubby, irreverent Asian with the unusual name of Bruster Lin — and even though Bruster Lin was the brightest and most insightful scholar amongst us, his irreverence was his undoing. Ilium
  • A vote for Obama is the first step in undoing the damage caused by years of GOP abuse of power. Obama confronts Internet rumors with new Web site
  • What is the enemy's capability to mount sustained operations? Could they succeed in undoing our gains?
  • Carey, so powerful in propinquity, might even have ended by learning to love Tannis and marrying her, to his own worldly undoing. Further Chronicles of Avonlea
  • These range from nice functions like undoing and redoing a command, running spellcheck and printing a document.
  • So what has caused the undoing of what started out as an enthusiastic and well meaning initiative?
  • However, their ambition may have been their undoing.
  • Yet, like so many others recently, he let greed and corruption cause his undoing. Times, Sunday Times
  • The man's knowing complicity becomes his undoing and his and his loyal but conscience-stricken wife's world is impacted in ways that, even for one who believes that conscience is a Damoclesian sword hanging over the heads of the those who propagate the type of moral corruption epitomized by the character of "Kenneth Hoyle," rarely if ever hears about nowadays. Steven Weber: Thanks, Art!
  • If you shock or disgust her by precipitancy or over-eagerness, or zeal, appreciate it may be the undoing of your wedded bliss and joy.
  • I know Republicans think Americans in general are stupid as their average constituent is dumber than a box of rocks, but it is becoming very apparent to the majority of Americans that the Empress hath no clothes (or brains for that matter) and once again to the Republicans undoing, a thinking America sees they have no leadership nor direction and any Bozo from the local circus can take the lead spot at any time. Poll: Majority don't approve of Palin
  • Spain will be heavily favoured to beat both Russia and Greece in Group A, and though that expectation is always likely to be their undoing, they should progress smoothly to the quarter finals.
  • It seems to me that the Cabinet has an obsessively self-protective herd instinct which could be its undoing.
  • Scotland lost three of their lineouts, undoing much hard work. Times, Sunday Times
  • But as Demeo told him, tu illum corrumpi sinis, your lenity will be his undoing, praevidere videor jam diem, illum, quum hic egens profugiet aliquo militatum, I foresee his ruin. Anatomy of Melancholy
  • Indeed, Brask could equally as easily dissassemble the fence, undoing all of Joe's hard work! MMO GDP, QED (WTF?)
  • Her strange sexual allure is her undoing, almost a punishment, and a lifetime of violence and abuse sees her looking for love in all the wrong places.
  • Here another car proved his undoing. Times, Sunday Times

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