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be running on fumes

To be continuing to operate with no or very little enthusiasm, energy, or resources left. I've been painting the house for four hours every night after work, and I am seriously running on fumes at this point. We were running on fumes by the time our team made it to the championship round.
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run on fumes

1. To be especially ineffectual, insubstantial, or unsuccessful. The high production value means that the film is visually stunning, but no amount of aesthetic beauty can save a film whose paper-thin plot runs on fumes from start to finish. The former president promised quite a lot in his campaign speeches, but his administration ran on fumes throughout his time in the White House.
2. To continue to operate with no or very little enthusiasm, energy, or resources left. (Usually used in the continuous tense.) I've been painting the house for four hours every night after work, and I am seriously running on fumes at this point. We were running on fumes by the time our team made it to the championship round.
See also: fume, on, run

running on fumes

Continuing to operate with no or very little enthusiasm, energy, or resources left. A reference to a car that has nearly run out of fuel. I've been painting the house for four hours every night after work, and I am seriously running on fumes at this point. We were running on fumes by the time our team made it to the championship round.
See also: fume, on, running

fume about someone or something

 and fume over someone or something
to be very angry about someone or something. She was just fuming over her broken vase. She was still fuming about Larry the next morning.
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fume at someone

Fig. to rage at someone. She was really fuming at Sam, who had broken her table leg.
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Citing an investigation into the cause of the fumes that originated from the plant on Calle Industria, DandL said initial findings suggested that the fumes had emanated from the vents of a storage tank and that the fumes were caused by heat generated by polymerisation.
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They only began to avoid acidic fumes at very high levels, way beyond what made experimental rats and mice flee the room, according to the paper.
The naked mole-rats spent as much time exposing themselves to acidic fumes as they spent in fume-free areas, Park said.
It came partly as a result of a long-term study on the health of miners exposed to diesel fumes underground.
Eight workers inhaled the fumes and suffered inside burns.
So fumes from diesel generators installed in residential areas or just outside homes, can affect lungs rather badly.
He strapped back into his seat and the crew decided to restart the port engine but to leave the generator off because of the NATOPS warning that states, "The generators should not be turned on or off in the presence of fuel fumes or vapors.
A probe is under way today into how seven sailors were overcome by fumes on a warship off Hartlepool.
Firefighters wore protective suits to enter the Whiteford House hostel in Canongate after two staff members inhaled toxic fumes.
Workers can be exposed in the fumes or spray from operations using these compounds, including in scrap-related operations.
These lawsuits allege that welders' exposure to manganese-containing welding fumes caused neurological damage such as Parkinson's disease and other similar movement disorders.
LANCASTER - Cleanup has resumed on thousands of tons of material stored at a Lancaster waste-disposal company whose neighbors say they were sickened by fumes and dust.