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trickle away

[for a liquid] to seep or dribble away. All the water trickled away down the drain. After the last of the spilled milk had trickled away, Timmy began to cry.
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trickle down

 (to someone or something)
1. Lit. [for a liquid] to seep or dribble downward to reach someone or something. The water trickled down the wall to the floor. It trickled down very slowly.
2. Fig. [for something] to be distributed to someone or something in little bits at a time. The results of the improved economy trickled down to people at lower-income levels. Information about what happened finally trickled down to me.
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trickle in

 (to something)
1. Lit. [for a liquid] to seep or dribble into something or a place. Some of the rainwater trickled into my car through a leak. It trickled in during the night.
2. Fig. [for someone or something] to come into something or a place, a few at a time. The audience trickled into the hall little by little. They trickled in over a period of an hour or more.
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trickle out

 (of something)
1. Lit. [for a liquid] to leak or dribble out of something or a place. The oil trickled out of the engine little by little. It trickled out and made a puddle on the floor.
2. Fig. [for someone or something] to go out of something or a place, a few at a time. The dissatisfied members of the audience trickled out of the theater three and four at a time. They trickled out as the evening wore on.
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trickle through

 (something)
1. Lit. [for a liquid] to seep through something. The water trickled through the cracked windowpane. They taped the glass, but the water trickled through anyway.
2. Fig. [for someone or something] to move through something little by little. The people trickled through the door into the store in far smaller numbers than we had expected. They trickled through very slowly.
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trickle down

v.
To diffuse downward through some hierarchical structure: The sociology professor believed that money rarely trickles down from the owners of capital to the workers who toil in the factories.
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This, my friends, explains why the meretricious theory of trickle down never worked and never will.
In desperation, the Trickles turned to Lonnie Hammargren, Nevada's lieutenant governor and a neurosurgeon who honed his aggressive tactics while treating brain wounds as an Army surgeon in Vietnam.
On bad days, Trickle silently fights fevers, pneumonia and infections.
Each time, they would leave Trickle with the same message, like they would if he had just won a NASCAR race.
Deep inside he knows the dreams he had of Chris becoming a big-time race car driver like Chuck's brother, NASCAR Winston Cup racer Dick Trickle, have been shattered.
In the win-at-all-costs world of race car driving, Trickle stood out as a genuinely nice guy.
I want to be seen as being fair and someone who races hard,'' Trickle said in the July 1996 edition of NASCAR Truck Racing magazine, framed in his father's office.
At 24, Trickle had a sponsor, a racing team and a pair of race cars.
After it's been in the top specialty stores like Macy's or Neiman Marcus for a while, the look trickles down in quality and price from the designer salon to what is called the bridge department and finally to the bargain basement.
I think if the professional ranks get their act together, it will trickle down to the younger ranks,'' Finley said.