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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

 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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The company said Strobic Air's fume exhaust product will be used in end-markets including universities, government, public health, chemical, pharmaceutical and wastewater treatment facilities.
The researchers were able to quantify the physiologic response to exposure to acidic fumes by measuring a protein, c-Fos, an indirect marker of nerve activity that is often expressed when nerve cells fire.
With one exception, trials in welding fume lawsuits have resulted in defense verdicts.
With filtration units, the fume-capturing nozzles are located close to the fume source, which reduces the total volume of captured air (Figure 1).
Among them are both hot and cold water, a vented fume hood, a dishwasher and dryer for handling glassware--and a small refrigerator that "takes care of those animals like sharks that are half dissected, where students need to come back to finish up, and so the rest of the faculty doesn't hang me [because of the smell]," says Keiser, who teaches sixth, seventh and eighth grade.
A recent epidemiologic study has reported that asphalt fume exposure did not cause significant changes in lung function or pulmonary symptoms among road pavers (Gamble et al.
The in-flight release of sodium and potassium from liquor droplets was the main source for fume formation.
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.
The company's most popular filters are the Alpha-Stat, for airborne particle control, and the Fume & Odor Reduction Panel for gases, fumes, and odors.
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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.
It was also confirmed that zinc fume grades in excess of 76% and tin fume grades of 65-70% could be achieved with recovery at 90-95%.