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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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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.
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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.
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seep out

v.
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.
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While ecology officials haven't tested the oil seeping out, extensive information is available about contamination within the cleanup site.
TEPCO, the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant, admitted on July 22 that it had found contaminated water seeping from under the plant into the sea.
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.
Today, hikers and bicyclists challenging the canyon - which surprisingly remains much the same as it did in Indian days with its towering oaks and thick brush - find the sticky pools of naturally seeping oil a menace.
We are not sure at this stage what was used to start the blaze in the lobby, but thick smoke started seeping into flats affecting tenants.
Other students are investigating claims that a local family discovered sludgy, orange ooze seeping into their basement, possibly from the landfill site.
EPA) today announced the start of a project to stop diesel fuel and gasoline from seeping into Rattlesnake Creek from leaking underground storage tanks formerly used by Quik Check Gas, 13123 Poway Rd.
The Gore Survey Products group maps buried petroleum and mineral resources using Amplified Geochemical Imaging(SM) technology to directly measure hydrocarbons and other volatile compounds seeping in nanogram quantities from deep buried deposits over reservoirs as deep as 25,000 feet and buried below thousands of feet of volcanic rock or anhydrite.
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.
EPA proposes to stop the tar-like waste from seeping to the surface by solidifying the soft waste with cement or fly ash to immobilize the chemicals it contains.
The final way a basement collects moisture is through water pressure seeping into the walls on the outside, eventually pushing the moisture through to the inside surface of the basement walls.