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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

Dwindling in success, popularity, or relevance. (Typically used in slightly more formal language.) 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

FORMAL
If something is in eclipse, it is much less successful and important than it used to be. The Socialist party, which has spent most of the past 21 years in government, is now in eclipse. Since then, his career has been mostly in eclipse. Note: An eclipse of the sun is an occasion when the moon is between the earth and the sun, so that for a short time you cannot see part or all of the sun. An eclipse of the moon is an occasion when the earth is between the sun and the moon, so that for a short time you cannot see part or all of the moon because it is covered by the shadow of the earth.
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in eclipse

1 (of a celestial object) obscured by another or the shadow of another. 2 losing or having lost significance, power, or prominence.
2 1991 Atlantic Within a decade of his death…he was in eclipse: not written about, undiscussed, forgotten in architecture schools.
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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.