gutter out(redirected from gutters out)
1. To diminish, weaken, or dwindle before coming to an end. His campaign started really strong, but following a series of scandals, public support for the candidate guttered out, and he never got off the ground. She was once an icon of cinema, but her career guttered out in the '70s.
2. Of a flame or source of light, to weaken and dim before being extinguished. The lantern guttered out while we were still in the depths of the cave, leaving us in a darkness beyond words. The rain intensified, and the meager fire we'd built guttered out in no time.
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