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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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A tight game was fizzling out into a draw when keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos came out to clear an underhit back pass and was caught cold as the ball deflected off a discarded Lucozade lid into the path of Ravel Morrison who slotted home.
The second half was close fought and fizzling out when the bobble handed QPR the advantage and they sealed it deep in injury time as Morrison slammed in a cross.
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Like firecrackers exploding in the night sky, gamma-ray bursts unleash a torrent of high-energy photons before fizzling out hundredths to tens of seconds later.
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