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ebb away

To recede or move away. The floodwaters are finally beginning to ebb away, thank goodness. After being stuck in bed for weeks, I'm very relieved that my illness is ebbing away.
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ebb away

to recede; to subside; to flow back. His life ebbed away little by little. As the sunlight ebbed away, the sky took on a grayish color.
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Daily his strength ebbed away from him, until he was in sore distress.
The shouting of the rabble ebbed away as the queer race ran on toward the beach.
All night long she sang, and the thorn went deeper and deeper into her breast, and her life-blood ebbed away from her.
Now it was that my ambitions ebbed away, and I became timid, holding tightly to my mother as she climbed and swung through space.
Howbeit, the day has ebbed away, and it is night in his room before his stertorous breathing lulls or his fixed eyes show any consciousness of the candle that is occasionally passed before them.
But, of course, the folks were all out in the country for the summer, and might not have known enough to ask us to dinner if they had been at home, and so all the grand empty salons, with their resounding pavements, their grim pictures of dead ancestors, and tattered banners with the dust of bygone centuries upon them, seemed to brood solemnly of death and the grave, and our spirits ebbed away, and our cheerfulness passed from us.
Not knowing that the water was enchanted, he drank of it, and at once all his manly strength ebbed away, and he became faint and feeble.
I might still shoot, they tell me, but my strength has ebbed away.
As soon as I found water enough - for my raft drew about a foot of water - I thrust her upon that flat piece of ground, and there fastened or moored her, by sticking my two broken oars into the ground, one on one side near one end, and one on the other side near the other end; and thus I lay till the water ebbed away, and left my raft and all my cargo safe on shore.
For three days we journeyed on together, and your father was sustained beyond my hopes, but, awaking at sunrise on the fourth day, I found him faint and exhausted; he was unable to proceed; his life had ebbed away fast; and--"
Osaka's spirit ebbed away in the second set and after establishing a 5-2 lead Halep crunched a forehand return winner to seal victory and reach the last eight for the third time.
28 when cruising in front in the bet365 Select Hurdle, but his stamina ebbed away after the last and he finished a well-held third.
The away side started brightly but after going behind 17 minutes in confidence ebbed away from them as they slumped to a fifth defeat in a row to slip to two points off the drop zone.
He made a desperate SOS call home - but his mum and dad were asleep upstairs and as his life ebbed away he left a recorded message saying: "Help, I can't breathe.
As the fighting ebbed away in the capital, more and more bodies were found.