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    Do we dry out

    Hi,

    Does courage dry up or dry out?


    According to "English preposition explained" dry out means the expansion of dryness.
    We can let forks and spoons in the sun to dry out but can we let them dry up as well?

    How to use dry up metaphorically.

    Thanks for help.

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    Re: Do we dry out

    Does courage dry up or dry out?
    'Out' is definitely not acceptable; 'up' doesn't sound very natural to me,

    According to "English preposition explained" dry out means the expansion of dryness.
    I don't really understand what they mean by 'the expansion of dryness'
    We can let forks and spoons in the sun to dry out but can we let them dry up as well?
    I'd just leave them out to dry.
    How to use dry up metaphorically.
    I started to answer the interviewer's difficult question, but I just dried up halfway through. ​I couldn't get any more words iut of my mouth.

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    Re: Do we dry out

    I would understand "courage dried up". I found a number of hits (not many) on Google that used that phrase. When something dries up, it disappears.

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    Re: Do we dry out

    not a teacher

    It's common to use "dry up" in business in relation to funds, sales, credit, demand etc.
    There are several examples here. Also search "dries up", "drying up" and other variants.
    http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?hardm=1...0&p=1&q=dry+up
    http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=dried...&findid=-1&ff=

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    Re: Do we dry out

    We tend to use 'dry off' for things that are wet only on the surface - such as dishes, the human body, cars (exterior), etc.

    We tend to use 'dry out' for things that have been completely saturated - such as clothing, carpet, shoes, etc.

    'Dry up' means something has been all used up, or exhausted.

    For the first two, sometimes we just simply use 'dry' and eliminate the preposition.

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