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fizzle out

 
1. Lit. [for a liquid] to lose its effervescence. This seltzer has fizzled out. I need a fresh glass of it.
2. Fig. [for an item in a fireworks display] to fail to operate properly, often producing only a hiss. That last rocket fizzled out. Set off another one. A lot of the fireworks fizzled out because it was raining.
3. Fig. to fade or become ineffectual gradually. The party began to fizzle out about midnight. The last clerk I hired fizzled out after the first week.
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fizzle out

to end in a disappointing way I dated him a for a while, but our so-called romance fizzled out rather quickly.
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fizzle out

Fail, end weakly, especially after a hopeful beginning. For example, The enthusiasm for reform has fizzled out in this state. The word fizzle dates from the early 1500s and meant "to break wind without making noise." Later it was applied to hissing noises, such as those made by wet fireworks, and then to any endeavor that ends in disappointment. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]
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fizzle out

v.
To come gradually to an end by growing fainter, weaker, less active, or less frequent: I lit the fuse of the firecracker, but it fizzled out. The party finally fizzled out after midnight.
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fizzle

(ˈfɪzlæ)
1. n. a failure; something that sputters away. The whole project was a fizzle.
2. in. to fail; to peter out. The whole plan fizzled, and we had to start over.
3. and a wild card word for words beginning with F , such as fuck, fool. (Streets. Also for other words with initial F.) That dude is such a fizzle!
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