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seep away

1. Literally, of a gas or liquid, to flow out and escape from (something) gradually but steadily, as through a leak, crack, puncture, etc. There must have be a leak in the oil tank of the car, because it keeps seeping away onto the driveway. Make sure you close the valve tight on that jar—we don't want any of the gas to seep away.
2. By extension, to dwindle or disappear gradually but steadily. The goodwill he had earned with his employers began seeping away after he started showing up to work late. Once the undisputed kings of Hollywood, the movie studios good fortunes began to seep away after a series of poor business decisions.
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seep away

[for a fluid] to escape little by little, as through a leak. All the oil seeped away, leaving none in the engine. The water seeped away after a while.
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And the longer they go without managing that, the more the belief will seep away.
Your creativity can be high, but just as you go and demonstrate this, your energy can seep away, or you can feel overwhelmed by options or possibilities.
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Mother said "if you think of them all at once it would seep away your energy.
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Unless banks take stronger actions, customer trust - the life blood of every financial institution - will seep away.
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Had we conceded then, it would have seen all our confidence totally seep away.
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At the end of the Seventies, New Music faced a real crisis in Britain when the already tiny audiences began to seep away.
Far better to let the emotion seep away and examine the whole picture more calmly and forensically before deciding whether sweeping change really is such a good idea after all.
It could take hours for the rage to seep away, hours until Bill was able to un-poison his heart.
Set in the midst of some of Britain's most beautiful and unspoilt countryside, next to Hadrian's Wall, visitors are encouraged to let their worries seep away in the calmest of environments.