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fade back

1. In American football, for an offensive player to move backward before making a play while the rest of the offensive players move forward. The quarterback faded back before throwing the ball.
2. To recede. I started to cry as I watched my old house fade back in the rearview mirror.
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fade back (into something)

to move back into a particular area. He faded back to throw a pass. Quickly and unnoticed, he faded back.
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fade back

v.
1. In American football, to move away from the line of scrimmage, opposite to the direction of the overall offensive play, in order to gain time to make a forward pass: The quarterback faded back and looked downfield for an open receiver.
2. To move something backwards into some space: After she took the medicine, the rash faded back to just her finger.
See also: back, fade
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Again and again, the thrill of discovery is muffled by historical circumstance, and the lost city fades back into silence.
But what happens when the wave of global assistance fades back, and the heroes go back to their home countries after completing their mission in the Central Visayas?
The used paper fades back to white within a day, which enables it to be reused.
Eventually conditions in the disc settle down, its temperature falls, and the star slowly fades back to its normal brightness.
A moment later the wonde rland fades back to drab reality.
The song veers close to becoming a cool jazz waltz during Peterson's solo but fades back to placidness by the end.
Take the report out of the light and the text gradually fades back to white.
As Michael Owen fades back into the pack on the countdown to South Africa, Rooney and Defoe look an irresistible alliance worth a gallop against Egypt in next month's World Cup warm-up at Wembley.
Warnings of a "double dip" recession, where recovery fades back into a new slowdown, have arisen in Davos as leaders mull exit strategies from stimulus packages agreed to prevent a full-blown depression last year.
Highlighting the set are studio and live versions of the haunting, music box-inspired "Lunatica," the latter version featuring a freestyle verse by Chevy over an explosive drum-and-bass/breakbeat bridge that melts and fades back into Perez's wispy vocalizations.
Brief but awful passage fades back into the present day, where the factory is being dismantled.
Holding her thin hand; saying prayers; doing what you do, as someone you love, fades back to black.
'Just roll your wrists through like a normal shot - the set-up will ensure the ball fades back,' he reassured me.
Rick is not concerned if he fades back into obscurity.
South Korean consumption to emerge relatively unscathed if North KoreaAEs fades back into a pattern of isolation, but it is far from clear at this point whether North KoreaAEs Kim Chong-Il will settle for that option.