off the boil
off the boil
Not as strong, successful, active, etc., as someone or something has proved capable of being; not at one's peak performance or ability. An allusion to water that has stopped boiling and thus begins to lose its maximum amount of heat. Especially used in the phrase "go off the boil." Primarily heard in UK. The former champions of the league seem to be off the boil so far this season. We had a really intense relationship at first, but it's gone off the boil recently.
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off the boilBRITISH
1. If someone goes off the boil, they are less successful than they were in the past. I concede that I went slightly off the boil last season. It pays to go back to the fundamentals when your game goes off the boil.
2. If a feeling or situation goes off the boil, it becomes less strong or active. If a relationship seems to be going off the boil, it is a good idea to talk about it. Since the riots, discontent had rarely been off the boil; and demonstrations had continued throughout the decade.
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off the ˈboil(British English) past the time of greatest activity, excitement, etc: The team were playing brilliantly at the start of the season but seem to have gone off the boil now.
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