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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.
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Commerce Department data shows there was a noticeable capex jump in the first and second quarters of 2018, just after the tax bill was enacted, but that momentum appears to be fading back to more normal levels.
On her first ride of the afternoon on 13-year-old Minella Theatre, Pendleton was prominent for the first circuit before fading back through the field, whereas on the eight-year-old According To Sarah she was among the pack for a time in what was a competitive race.
Buser said he intends to slow his start this year after setting a blistering pace in the early part of last year's race and then fading back.
The Krautrock-inspired groove of Sea Within A Sea was a real highlight, being full of melodic drones that erupted into a wall of aggressive noise, before fading back into a pulsating beat that was punctuated with clanging, fuzzed-up guitars.
Since then, Forest have risen to become a major footballing power and twice won the European Cup under Brian Clough before suffering vertigo, spluttering and fading back into obscurity.
"Imagine what it would be like if our Sun were to undergo sudden, random bursts, becoming three times brighter in a matter of hours, and then fading back again.
Fading back into a group or crowd works, and the center is where you want to be, not on the outer edge.
When Mobile became Richmond and Gil Hodges and Peewee Reese supplanted the rookie "phenom" who seemed each spring to enjoy brief flings before fading back to the minor leagues, you knew Opening Day was only a week away.
Well beaten on his all weather debut at Lingfield in March, he performed much better next time back on turf over 10 furlongs at Newcastle and then looked like scoring over the same trip at Pontefract this month before tiring close home and fading back into third.
Well beaten on his all-weather debut at Lingfield in March, he performed much better next time back on turf over 10 furlongs at Newcastle and then looked like scoring over the same trip at Pontefract this month before tiring close home and fading back into third.
Elks moved always in 'matterly light', fading back into the silence out of which they had come.
A mossy second skin coats the bus that is slowly fading back to nature.
Instead of quietly fading back into private practice after his one-year stint as PBCBA president, he became a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors from 1993-1997.
Both Sergio and Luke have question marks against them - the Spaniard has not posted a single top-three finish this year, Donald has not won for three-and-half years - and the Englishman is feeling sorry for himself after losing the 54-hole lead at the Dunhill on Monday and fading back to seventh with an ugly final-day 73.
Well beaten on his allweather debut at Lingfield in March, he performed much better next time back on turf over 10 furlongs at Newcastle and then looked like scoring over the same trip at Pontefract this month before tiring close home and fading back into third.