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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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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 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 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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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.
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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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