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trail off

To dwindle, diminish, or fade away; to become fainter or weaker. Used especially, though not solely, in reference to speech or music. He started talking about the tax code, but trailed off when he realized no one was listening. The music from the radio trailed off as the car pulled away from the house. Once famous for creating a huge range of innovative devices, the company's ideas seem to have started trailing off in recent years.
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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

v.
To become gradually fainter; dwindle: The writer's prolific output trailed off as the years went by.
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The DJ, 57, who hosts the "Dawn Patrol" show, jumbled words and let sentences trail off.
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").
One of the best ways to see how effective native plants are is to take a hike on the Mountain to Sea trail off of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Turning away from the lead element, Lt Col Quinn then flew radar trail off their wingman, Titan 14.
The concern is, will this trail off, will business pick up?
Surprisingly healthy growth in private sector expenditure through the first three quarters of 2002 started to trail off late last year and healthy upward momentum is not likely to set in again until late 2003 or early 2004.
The collection is something of a curate's egg and some of the essays, it must be said, seem to trail off into rather bizarre fields of modem learning.
The Broadway import opened last fall to near-ecstatic reviews and three or four months of good business, but was blanked at the Olivier Awards in February (despite nine nominations) and then watched business trail off.
Also from Wildlife Research Center, the Pro-Drag[TM] was designed to lay a scent trail off to the side of your own footsteps.
The number didn't trail off significantly until 7 hours after that, and particles were still detected as late as July 19.
By the power lines, their long catenaries dipped with copper, I stop at the clearing unfolding in the patch of sorrel and grass and watch how the telephone cables trail off in the neural passage between sender and receiver.
PC industry executives believe that mass merchandisers will grow in importance as a channel of retail distribution while traditional computer stores will trail off.