pine away

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Sunday Mirror readers have donated pounds 25,000 to help pay for Anne's retirement - but Mr Roberts says he won't sell or give her to a sanctuary, claiming she would pine away and die.
But some love performing so much they'll pine away after being retired.
Some people I deeply respect and love as Christian siblings literally pine away for a mate, partly because of loneliness, which I empathize with, and partly because of the perception that being single is somehow abnormal and that life is of less value because of it.
She couldn't just sit in the corner - she would pine away and die.