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be running on fumes

To be continuing to operate with no or very little enthusiasm, energy, or resources left. I've been painting the house for four hours every night after work, and I am seriously running on fumes at this point. We were running on fumes by the time our team made it to the championship round.
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run on fumes

1. To be especially ineffectual, insubstantial, or unsuccessful. The high production value means that the film is visually stunning, but no amount of aesthetic beauty can save a film whose paper-thin plot runs on fumes from start to finish. The former president promised quite a lot in his campaign speeches, but his administration ran on fumes throughout his time in the White House.
2. To continue to operate with no or very little enthusiasm, energy, or resources left. (Usually used in the continuous tense.) I've been painting the house for four hours every night after work, and I am seriously running on fumes at this point. We were running on fumes by the time our team made it to the championship round.
See also: fume, on, run

running on fumes

Continuing to operate with no or very little enthusiasm, energy, or resources left. A reference to a car that has nearly run out of fuel. I've been painting the house for four hours every night after work, and I am seriously running on fumes at this point. We were running on fumes by the time our team made it to the championship round.
See also: fume, on, running

fume about (someone or something)

To have prolonged anger toward someone or something. Uncle Al looks unhappy—what do you think he's fuming about now? Ever since those two became roommates, she's just constantly fuming about him.
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fume over (someone or something)

To have prolonged anger toward someone or something. Uncle Al looks unhappy—what do you think he's fuming over now? Ever since those two became roommates, she's just constantly fuming over him.
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fume at (someone)

To direct one's anger at someone. Don't fume at me because you overslept—it's not my fault you didn't hear your alarm. The boss is fuming at everyone who was involved in that project.
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fume about someone or something

 and fume over someone or something
to be very angry about someone or something. She was just fuming over her broken vase. She was still fuming about Larry the next morning.
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fume at someone

Fig. to rage at someone. She was really fuming at Sam, who had broken her table leg.
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One more normal breath and the fumes started to burn the back of my throat.
Over the past few years, the insurance and welding industries have monitored closely the developments in welding fume litigation in light of the potential insurance coverage issues raised by this litigation.
With filtration units, the fume-capturing nozzles are located close to the fume source, which reduces the total volume of captured air (Figure 1).
Choosing architects without this knowledge has resulted in expensive building mistakes that seem almost comical after the fact, like the builder who wanted to put a restaurant-style fume hood in a high school chemistry lab.
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Between 6% and 9% of the input sodium was released in fume. Some 11%-15% of input potassium and 25%-35% of input chloride were found in fume.
Don't be confused by the term Fume Blanc; wines made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes can, by law, be called either Sauvignon Blanc or Fume Blanc.
When the cyanoacrylate begins to fume at a steady pace, place the specimen(s) in the chamber and secure the chamber door.
The committee has determined that further investigation is needed to pinpoint the exact cause of the oil fume leak, and criticised the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority and British Aerospace for attempting to play down the problem.
Industrial Technology uses the fume extraction system made by Pace Inc., of Laurel, Md., to provide its workers with a clean working environment.
For $3700, the EMS-250 includes the foregoing features as well as a programmable relay alarm that can warn of unacceptably high fume levels and could activate emergency ventilation.