trail off


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trail off

 and trail away
to fade away, as with speech, words, singing, etc. Her voice trailed off as she saw who was waiting at the door. Ken's words trailed away as he passed out.
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trail off

also trail away
to become quieter His voice trailed off weakly and we could not hear the rest of what he said. The wail of the sirens finally trailed away almost completely.
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trail off

v.
To become gradually fainter; dwindle: The writer's prolific output trailed off as the years went by.
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If you give them enoughtime, the paperweights trail off into what they
John Cannarella and Joshua Spechler revealed that the charts produced by the Google Trends service show Facebook searches peaked in December 2012, but since begun to trail off, the Guardian reports.
A search team on Sunday rescued a stranded hiker from a snowed-in section of the Pacific Crest Trail off McKenzie Pass Highway.
Nearly three miles of the trail off Mill Road officially opened in October.
SKELMERSDALE UNITED got their FA Trophy trail off to a stunning start against Wakefield.
Despite a popular and well-funded start, interest and finances quickly began to trail off and the course was temporarily closed at the outbreak of the Great War.
GOOD BEGINNER'S MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL The Emigrant Trail off State 89 toward Sierraville is gently rolling and mostly single-track, so you get that feeling of mountain biking, but there's nothing too technical.
I'm just as content to trail off on thoughts of Menahan Street, an actual place that may or may not resemble my illusive image of a slow-moving Brooklyn block fragranced with early supper and cigars.
It will be a big ask for Appalachian Trail off top weight, although we are claiming off him with Patrick Donaghy, who has ridden for us a few times before.
And while he started to say something about fitness consulting, he let that trail off.
While officials feel they are in decent shape for the February and November votes, they fear interest will trail off for the June ballot because it has nothing to do with the presidential race.
According to Cllr Ambrose, there is a strong case for a similar ban here or even a blanket ban on all junk food advertising before 9pm when the younger audience starts to trail off.
Tim Heney, CEO of the Thunder Bay Port Authority, aware of the cyclical nature of water levels in Lake Superior, says they are usually low in the spring, come up in the summer and then trail off again into the winter.
Cvijanovic's handling of flashe and house paint is competently affectless, and the fanciful nature of his central conceit allows for compelling variations of scale (without the usual points of reference, soda bottles and a roasted chicken become as large as cars, and lines of houses trail off in every direction).
She is regularly compared to both Wes Montgomery and Jim Hall, but on her fourth album as a leader she reveals other influences as well, notably John Scofield (note her gritty, bluesy tone on "Swamp Thang") and perhaps even Bill Frisell (notice the way her notes trail off on the impressionistic "Two Brothers").