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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

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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running on fumes

continuing to do something when you have almost no energy left After two straight games against top teams, the Tigers were running on fumes and lost on Saturday night.
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The Cyanoacrylate Fuming Chamber is designed to safely and effectively process large volume of physical evidence using the fuming method.
When the hot plate has reached 100[degrees]C, dispense a few drops of fuming nitric acid into the drilled cavity.
You've got a huge urban area--some 20 million people--and you've got a fuming volcano that is impacting the population directly with sulfur dioxide," says Greg L.
This method has five steps: heating iodine in an iodine fuming gun, directing the fumes onto the skin, laying a thin sheet of silver on the skin, removing the silver plate and, finally, exposing the plate to a strong light, which causes the prints to become visible.
The researchers then tried to develop the latent prints at timed intervals by employing several methods, including the use of lasers, alternate light sources, iodine/silver transfer, cyanoacrylate fuming (commonly referred to as "glue fuming"), regular and fluorescent powders, specially formulated powders, regular and fluorescent magnetic powders, liquid iodine, RAM, ardrox, and thenoyl europium chelate.
The one technique that developed identifiable latent prints most often was glue fuming in conjunction with regular magnetic fingerprint powder.
Initially, the researchers believed that the special fluorescent powder provided the key to obtaining usable prints, but additional tests proved that the type of powder did not matter as much as the amount of time allowed for glue fuming.
In addition, when they removed the plastic tent at the end of the fuming process, the fumes often forced the researchers out of the work area.
The result is that users may be able to reduce catalyst levels slightly, and pumping pressures can be somewhat lower than in the past, which may reduce styrene fuming, says marketing manager John Raymer.
As a result, spray pressures can be reduced, and so can styrene fuming, the company says.