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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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At its highest speed this ticking changed into a continuous sound of trickling.
The water was trickling out of a leaky butt, and a most wretched cat was lapping up the drops with the sickly eagerness of starvation.
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Bake for another 30 minutes or so, trickling in more cream if it didn't all fit in first time, until bubbling and golden.
has caused several problems in sustaining nitrification in trickling filter due to thin biofilms.
The Walvis Bay Municipality contracted Aqua Services & Engineering to upgrade existing stone-media biofilters to the company's flagship trickling filter technology, for improved waste water treatment.
The little wealth that the poorer and the working classes had is now trickling up to keep the wealthy in their position.
Summary: Jakarta, Dhu Al-Qa&'dah 20, 1431 H/Oct 28, 2010, SPA -- Aid was trickling in Thursday to Indonesia&'s Mentawai islands three days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami devastated the area leaving over 300 dead, officials said.
Originally we thought of the concept of fashion trickling from the capital to Newcastle, but now it's just a name.
Policeman Eric Nathaniel said he found red fluid trickling down a portrait of Christ in his home on Andaman Islands two weeks ago which he believed was blood.
The floor was covered with plain black carpet, four speakers were placed in the gallery's ceiling corners, and an antiquated but functioning flip-dot signboard was inset in the wall, an apparently random scattering of yellow dots slowly trickling down its surface.
It would still have been a very good article if you had used "sulfuric acid" instead of "odorless hydrogen sulfate" and admitted that the process still required a little alkali to neutralize this waste stream that is "carried away by water trickling over the foam.
Avalon and other agencies are also using dry-weather diversion systems, which catch trickling storm water and send it to treatment plants.
But as the absentee votes began trickling in, the tide slowly but surely began to turn.