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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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In this enchanted mood, thy spirit ebbs away to whence it came; becomes diffused through time and space; like Cranmer's sprinkled Pantheistic ashes, forming at last a part of every shore the round globe over.
FOSSE/VERDON (BBC2, 9pm) As the high summer of 1973 ebbs away, Bob and girlfriend Ann Reinking hire a weekend house in the country to help comfort the recently bereaved Neil Simon.
As We Go AS we go and we so come, Life to us is on the run, Our numbers get bigger as we live, To us all is the take and give, Life is like a whirlwind, But around it other things are rimmed, So fast that time just ebbs away, With our thoughts and minds to play, Others join in the game, Some can make it very plain, Never being alone, someone always there, Even if, in apprehension, they do stare, We are all different, given from our past, In a formula of time being cast, In theory I am different from you, But with many things in common to do, To be a soul in the ebb and flow, Constant learning there to know, A spirit of life in many a form, In this of its trials to be known, To bloom in knowledge of what is there, With others around our lives to share.
Every day this farce continues, the confidence and trust we have in the Garda force and the Garda watchdog ebbs away.
A brilliant tribute that starts quietly and unassuming, builds slowly to a fiery, virtually psychedelic, percussion-raging crescendo and then ebbs away at the end.
Cherry's hostile attitude to her stepfather gradually ebbs away and once she becomes interested in his attempts to communicate with her she looks again at his picture messages which she had initially planned to throw away and learns to understand them.
WHILE Caernarfon's life in the top flight ebbs away, Port Talbot are once again re-establishing themselves as a real force under manager Mark Jones.
"Your confidence ebbs away and instead of achieving the top-eight finish you thought you were capable of, it becomes one long struggle."
They joined the faithful around the world in prayers for the Holy Father as his life ebbs away.
There are no historical parallels to the situation the church finds itself in as 2001 ebbs away. And there are no historical equivalents to the quality of its leadership.
When trouble does my footsteps I lose the peace within, My courage ebbs away. I search once more for inner strength To help me face the day.
Betrie's boys have made a decent job of handling a booming economy though their test will come as Ireland's reputation as a cheap door into Europe ebbs away.
Meanwhile former Labour leader Neil Kinnock is among senior figures - including Blair's former spin-doctor Alastair Campbell - who believe the PM should go sooner rather than hang on to office while his power base ebbs away.
Catholics on Teesside joined a world-wide outpouring of prayer for the Pope John Paul II today as his life slowly ebbs away.
As time ebbs away, April begs for assistance from the other residents in her downtown New York apartment block,in the futile hope of sidestepping disaster.