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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: away, ebb
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The latter could not suppress his emotion, for he felt that this life now in his charge was ebbing away. Were they then so soon to lose him whom they had snatched from an agonizing death?
There was a long line of hogs, with squeals and lifeblood ebbing away together; until at last each started again, and vanished with a splash into a huge vat of boiling water.
Mr Pickering found that his accusers were ebbing away. Lady Wetherby had gone.
But Stockton's late intervention, at the second time of asking after his initial effort cannoned off the base of the post, rescued a share of the spoils that looked like ebbing away from the Dragons, who completed a week in which they have travelled more than 1,200 miles with seven points from a possible nine to remain top of the table.
I used to have confidence in the system but that is ebbing away. Hopefully, someone will come forward and say "enough is enough".
She said that the scourge of terrorism was ebbing away due to the cooperation of the provincial governments and the sacrifices offered by the Armed Forces of Pakistan, adding, that the martyrs had lit the lights of peace with their blood.
A weak pound fuelling inflation, business confidence, to say the least, ebbing away.
The muted response of Westminster colleagues was deafening, the sound of political confidence ebbing away when his official roles and personal behaviour clashed so obviously and dangerously.
human contact in supermarkets is slowly ebbing away,and so too are the jobs.
However, Hartlepool manager Paul Murray has selection concerns and confidence is ebbing away after a three-match losing streak in League Two which leaves his side three points adrift at the foot of the table.
"The No campaign are mired in hypocrisy and it is no wonder that their support is ebbing away. A Yes vote is the oppor tunity of a lifetime for the people of Scotland to start building a fairer society."
LAHORE -- All rivers in Punjab after devastating villages and crops are flowing normal and floodwater is ebbing away in rivers.
Through lack of foresight by respective governments, the pot of money is ebbing away to leave the country in a sorry state.
They passed away within hours of each other, Doug's life ebbing away after he was told of his beloved wife's demise.