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fizzle out

1. To become less effervescent or bubbly. This soda has fizzled out. I hate flat soda.
2. To fail or weaken, often slowly over time. No, I don't have a back-up plan—I didn't expect this idea to fizzle out so fast. Unfortunately, enthusiasm for this project has fizzled out after all of the delays.
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fizzle out

 
1. Lit. [for a liquid] to lose its effervescence. This seltzer has fizzled out. I need a fresh glass of it.
2. Fig. [for an item in a fireworks display] to fail to operate properly, often producing only a hiss. That last rocket fizzled out. Set off another one. A lot of the fireworks fizzled out because it was raining.
3. Fig. to fade or become ineffectual gradually. The party began to fizzle out about midnight. The last clerk I hired fizzled out after the first week.
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fizzle out

Fail, end weakly, especially after a hopeful beginning. For example, The enthusiasm for reform has fizzled out in this state. The word fizzle dates from the early 1500s and meant "to break wind without making noise." Later it was applied to hissing noises, such as those made by wet fireworks, and then to any endeavor that ends in disappointment. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]
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fizzle out

v.
To come gradually to an end by growing fainter, weaker, less active, or less frequent: I lit the fuse of the firecracker, but it fizzled out. The party finally fizzled out after midnight.
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Altogether our little excursion fizzled out and I came back last night.
The rainfall, however, gradually increased the tempo, before it fizzled out into normal heavy rainfall.
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Once they had gone Crook gained a measure of control - and from a promising 53-2 the innings fizzled out to 84-7.
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Ireland's lead fizzled out just as quickly as the smoke, though, as Lampard pounced on Sean St Ledger's error to level the scores.
She admits it is not easy to opt out of events like this year's World Championships, but insisted: "I don't want to be another name along with the list of juniors who have fizzled out too soon.
School dispute comes to peaceful solution A SCHOOL dispute in Billingham fizzled out when about 17 children all aged seven were accepted at the old village school at Wolviston.
41 secs fizzled out last night when could only finish 11th in the Exxon Mobil Bislett Games in Oslo - the same stadium where Moorcroft claimed his record 27 years ago.
The first-half was one of the best in recent football memory but it fizzled out as Drom Broadford came strong and the champions bid to keep their crown fizzled out.
s passion for football, the American version, anyhow, seems to have fizzled out since the Raiders and Rams slinked away in 1994.
Westway is a must see for a band that helped define punk, inserted politics over nihilism, strayed and released some questionable later stuff, and eventually fizzled out.
If it weighed less than 80 Jupiters, it would have fizzled out relatively soon after it formed.
The deuteronomic school fizzled out when it lost favor after the mission of Ezra.
Candy hinted that Airwave wasn't quite as sharp as last season for her seasonal debut when she finished sixth behind Monsieur Bond at York last month, where she threatened to get in a blow from the rear at one stage before her run just fizzled out.