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be in eclipse

To be dwindling in success or popularity. Sure, that author was big 10 years ago, but her career is in eclipse now, and I doubt her new book will be a big seller.
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in eclipse

(slightly formal)
thought of as less important or as having less value By the time he died, the novelist and his work were in eclipse.
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be in eclipse

if something is in eclipse, it is less successful than it was before His career was in eclipse until he made a comeback in this surprise hit film.
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References in classic literature ?
The partners from Montreal, however, were the lords of the ascendant; coming from the midst of luxurious and ostentatious life, they quite eclipsed their compeers from the woods, whose forms and faces had been battered and hardened by hard living and hard service, and whose garments and equipments were all the worse for wear.
As I saw her through the great window, the sunshine flooded the landscape, which, however, was momentarily becoming eclipsed by an onrush of a myriad birds.
Fresh scandals have eclipsed it, and their more piquant details have drawn the gossips away from this four-year-old drama.
Hosts of stars are visible to-night, though their brilliancy is eclipsed by the splendour of the moon.
her form eclipsed that lighted slit in the gray stone tower.
Well, then, look round you on every side, and judge whether I am not eclipsed - I, the king of France - before the monarch of these wide domains.
Countess Bezukhova was present among other Russian ladies who had followed the sovereign from Petersburg to Vilna and eclipsed the refined Polish ladies by her massive, so called Russian type of beauty.