Definition of undoing in English:

undoing

noun

  • 1A person's ruin or downfall.

    ‘he knew of his ex-partner's role in his undoing’
    • ‘As the anthrax example demonstrates, our own investment in weapons of mass destruction can easily turn into our own undoing.’
    • ‘Her mother's undoing was prompted by her discovery that Alessandro, her much younger husband, had fallen in love with a family friend.’
    • ‘The forces that led to the council's undoing will not disappear.’
    • ‘I looked up at the structure that had been the instrument of our undoing and cursed it.’
    • ‘Their undoing was their failure to capitalise on at least three overlaps from which tries beckoned.’
    downfall, defeat, conquest, vanquishing, toppling, deposition, ousting, unseating, overthrow, ruin, ruination, destruction, annihilation, elimination, end, collapse, failure, loss of power, debasement
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    1. 1.1 The cause of a person's ruin or downfall.
      ‘that complacency was to be their undoing’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sweeney's conversion edged the Dragons a point in front but just as quickly, a stupidly errant hand in the scrum proved their undoing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, their ambition may have been their undoing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He is capable of taking over this game, and if he does, Illinois' primary weakness will be its undoing.’
      • ‘We just weren't organised enough to deal with the break and that's been our undoing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That, as much as anything, could prove his undoing.’
      • ‘They pulled one or two shirts in the game and that turned out to be their undoing.’
      • ‘The selfish, stupid, shortsighted attitudes of ‘progressive’ people are their own undoing.’
      • ‘Pitching will be their undoing; the rotation is full of hold-your-breath types, and the middle-inning relief is downright putrid.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘United huffed and puffed, and always looked organised, but their old failings in front of goal were again their undoing.’
      • ‘By contrast, the Foxes created just two chances and scored twice as the visitors' defensive failings proved to be their undoing again.’
      • ‘Their fatal weakness for publicity is their undoing.’
      fatal flaw, achilles heel, weakness, weak point, weak spot, underbelly, soft underbelly, failing, blight, misfortune, affliction, trouble, curse
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Pronunciation

undoing

/ˌənˈduɪŋ//ˌənˈdo͞oiNG/