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die away

To diminish or fade slowly. As the last notes of the national anthem died away, the players began skating around the ice.
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die away

Fig. to fade away. The sound of the waterfall finally died away. When the applause died away, the tenor sang an encore.
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die away

Also, die down. Gradually diminish, fade, or subside; slowly come to an end. For example, As they moved higher up, their voices died away, or The rain seems to be dying down. The first term, from the late 1600s, today is most often applied to a diminishing sound and was originally used to describe the wind slowing down or ceasing to blow. The variant dates from the first half of the 1800s.
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The murmur of the crowd grew louder, was very distinct for a moment and then died away.
I climbed the barren mountain, And my gaze swept far and wide For the red-lit eaves of my father's home, And I fancied that he sighed: My son has gone for a soldier, For a soldier night and day; But my son is wise, and may yet return, When the drums have died away.
The soil, however, ran lower from mile to mile; the undulations of the gold-bearing mountains they had left died away into the plain, like the last throes of exhausted Nature.
With so much of itself abandoned to darkness and vacancy; with so little change under the summer shining or the wintry lowering; so sombre and motionless always--no flag flying now by day, no rows of lights sparkling by night; with no family to come and go, no visitors to be the souls of pale cold shapes of rooms, no stir of life about it--passion and pride, even to the stranger's eye, have died away from the place in Lincolnshire and yielded it to dull repose.
As the last notes of the hymn died away the widow ran to the coffin, cast herself upon it and sobbed hysterically.
The absolute serenity of his manner bespoke an impregnability of purpose before which the words died away on her lips.
With a quick jerk, cataleptically, his nose pointed to the zenith, his mouth opened, and a flood of sound poured forth, running swiftly upward in crescendo and slowly falling as it died away.
He remained silent till the last words of the Proclamation had died away, and then, bursting into tears, "Dear Grandpapa," he said, "that was only my fun, and of course I meant nothing at all by it; and we did not know anything then about the new Law; and I don't think I said anything about the Third Dimension; and I am sure I did not say one word about
The next moment the generous impulse died away in him.
exclaimed Tom, as the rumble of the earthquake died away.
Sometimes the sound died away, then it grew clearer again and nearer.
Towards midnight our talk of London died away, and we stood side by side leaning over the bulwarks and staring dreamily over the silent, starlit sea, each pursuing his own thoughts.
On the right a single deep report of a cannon resounded and died away in the prevailing silence.
We also felt it, for ten minutes afterward, our passions having died away, we shook hands cordially and agreed to call hansoms.
Her face looked weary, and there was not that play of eagerness in it, peeping out in her smile and her eyes; but for a single instant, as she glanced at him, there was a flash of something in her eyes, and although the flash died away at once, he was happy for that moment.