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trail off

To dwindle, diminish, or fade away; to become fainter or weaker. Used especially, though not exclusively, 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 got farther from the house. The company's innovative ideas gave birth to a huge range of devices, but 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.
See also: off, trail

trail off

v.
To become gradually fainter; dwindle: The writer's prolific output trailed off as the years went by.
See also: off, trail
References in classic literature ?
If it had been otherwise--'" Carton looked at the pen and saw it was trailing off into unintelligible signs.
Edwin, Edwin, Edwin,' she repeats, trailing off into a drowsy repetition of the word; and then asks suddenly: 'Is the short of that name Eddy?
It was no more torn collars now, I promise you, and faded silks trailing off at the shoulder.
Visibly uncomfortable about being asked about their relationship, Garfield explained: "I made the decision, that some actors and musicians can talk about their personal life," before trailing off, embarrassed.
Moore then paid tribute to her mum's hardworking ethic, before trailing off again.
In short, it worked as is seen by the enven-tual trailing off of burnings.
This indicates that the year in IPOs began robustly before trailing off dramatically as economic woes worsened in the late summer.
Perhaps I've got it all wrong and Jamie Spencer and Seb Sanders, after a long day, just love trailing off to Wolverhampton on Saturday nights to ride a bunch of class 6 handicappers.
Fear's face bleats blood-red drops, acts like impatient flame, glaring briefly-briefly trailing off into the chuckling sky.
It's a mesmerising set of drifting songs so laidback they're occasionally in danger of trailing off altogether, but persevere and you'll love their moody melancholia.
An all-day blowout featuring punks, priests, rockabilly cats and family men, it showcased row after row of gleaming, polished classics with chrome and tail fins trailing off as far as you could see.
Far from trailing off with the years, demand has remained solid with 18,000 sold in the year to date, two per cent higher than at the same stage in 2003.
Dublin makes a purplish splash, peeking out from a whisp of cloud trailing off the east coast and to the north east, Belfast is more clearly visible.
With traditional sources of income trailing off, "instead of just relying on offering checking, savings and mortgage services, black-owned banks could potentially sell car insurance, annuities, stocks and municipal bonds," says Grady.
He then added, trailing off, "If there's ever been a time for hardball.