off the boil

off the boil

Not as strong, successful, active, etc., as someone or something has proved capable of being; not at one's peak performance or ability. Especially used in the phrase "go off the boil." (An allusion to water that has stopped boiling and thus begins to lose its maximum amount of heat.) Primarily heard in UK. The former champions of the league seem to be off the boil so far this season. We had a really intense relationship at first, but it's gone off the boil recently.
See also: boil, off

off the boil

BRITISH
1. If someone goes off the boil, they are less successful than they were in the past. I concede that I went slightly off the boil last season. It pays to go back to the fundamentals when your game goes off the boil.
2. If a feeling or situation goes off the boil, it becomes less strong or active. If a relationship seems to be going off the boil, it is a good idea to talk about it. Since the riots, discontent had rarely been off the boil; and demonstrations had continued throughout the decade.
See also: boil, off

off the ˈboil

(British English) past the time of greatest activity, excitement, etc: The team were playing brilliantly at the start of the season but seem to have gone off the boil now.
See also: boil, off
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Stock markets in Asia have come off the boil amid concerns about Trump's protectionist bent, and after his Treasury Secretary's verbal embracement, yesterday, of the weakening dollar trend.
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OFF THE BOIL Star's not fussed for dinner with Kim She loves her talent and thinks she is a really funny woman.
Irwin said: "Darmian came in and started fantastically well and I think when you get used to the Premier League you sometimes go off the boil.
The Brit musician asserted that according to him he will allow himself to record in the studio and he did not want to go off the boil to the point where he was embarrassing himself.
Daniel has been brilliant for Liverpool this season but he has been a little bit off the boil in the last few games.
Jeremy Chardy has gone off the boil since reaching the last eight of the Australian Open in January and Florida resident Xavier Malisse, who retains plenty of ability at 32, is value to thwart the 22nd seed.
Sasikiran, by his own admission, feels he has been off the boil for the last two years, and his performance in this tournament also has not been up to scratch.
Tudno went slightly off the boil in the second period and Ruthin''s Matty Davies pulled one back.
The heat will come off the boil on September 12, when spells of cold air will cool down the country from the sweltering weather and push the mercury down.
Later on, when Jones was injured for three months and Byfield went off the boil for nearly as long, Deeney stayed strong even when his job was pretty thankless with the supply lines sparse.
The Hibs gaffer accepts his men have gone off the boil but highlighted their early season form as the reason why his players could be looking out their passports.
The Scarlets were off the boil and disappointed during a first half which saw Connacht move 13-0 ahead.
But we went off the boil for a period in the second half - not for the first time.
Lots of couples find their sex life goes off the boil once they settle into "domestic bliss".