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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 in(to something)

To flow or leak in(to something) gradually but steadily. I realized there was a fire downstairs when I noticed smoke seeping into our bedroom. I made sure to make the container airtight so no moisture seeps in.
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seep out

1. Of a liquid, gel, paste, etc., to leak or flow out of some crack, breach, or flaw in something. I realized there was a fire downstairs when I noticed smoke seeping into our bedroom. I made sure to make the container airtight so no moisture seeps in.
2. To become known to those from whom (something) was supposed to remain secret or classified. The senator always held himself up as a beacon of moral standards, but as rumors and details of his infidelities and substances abuses seeped out, he eventually became a pariah among his constituents. News of the merger seeped out months before the two companies made a formal announcement about it.
See also: out, seep

seep through (something)

To soak or permeate completely through something, reaching or escaping through the other side. There must be a leak in one of the pipes, because water has started seeping through the walls. The coffee I spilled in my bag seeped through every single one of my books.
See also: seep, through

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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seep in (to something)

[for a fluid] to trickle or leak out of something. Water is seeping into the basement. Water is seeping in very slowly.
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seep out (of something)

[for a fluid] to trickle or leak out of something. A lot of oil has seeped out of the car onto the driveway. There is oil seeping out. There must be a leak.
See also: out, seep

seep through something

[for a fluid] to permeate something and escape. The oil seeped through the gasket onto the ground. Some water seeped through the ceiling, ruining our carpet as well as the ceiling.
See also: seep, through

seep out

1. To escape or pass slowly through small openings or pores: I think that gas is seeping out through a crack in the tank.
2. To become known to the public through a breach of secrecy: The details they refused to talk about will eventually seep out to the press.
See also: out, seep
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But, Hampton and Martha are commonly flawed -- each suffers from a seeping wound that must be healed.
We used Alvin to observe spectacular shows of oil and gas seeping and bubbling up from cracks at the ocean bottom.
Data taken between 1999 and 2003 during summer months, when the water table on land was high, showed large volumes of groundwater seeping into the bay--on average, about 200 liters per hour for each square meter of discharge zone.
crews will clear paths, pick up trash and complete some of the heavier work to help trail users avoid seeping oil.
The man in the lift on the 16th floor signalled for help when the lift stuck, and smoke started seeping into the lift.
To Chris Reddy and Bob Nelson of the WHOI Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, the oil seeping naturally off Santa Barbara looks a lot like processed oil spilled by tankers in New England waters.
A constant temperature keeps moisture from forming on and from seeping into your equipment.
Romer scoffs at the risks of finishing a poorly planned school on a site seeping potentially explosive and toxic gases from old abandoned oil wells.
Water seeping up between the cracks would darken the fractures, accounting for the dark wrinkles.
Continue pumping until you see clean grease seeping out of the assembly.
In some places, seeping methane sustains thriving communities of exotic organisms that harness the gas as an energy source in their sunless environment.
SAUGUS - Crews at Mountainview Elementary School in Saugus are cleaning up a stink in eight of its new classrooms to correct a chemical odor seeping from the carpet.
Because no rivers emptied into the inlet, the radium must have come from groundwater seeping into the marsh, he reasoned.