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run out of steam

To lose one's energy, motivation, or enthusiasm to continue doing something. After spending hours working on this project, I'm running out of steam—can we take a break?
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run out of steam

Fig. to lose momentum and fail. Toward the end of the lecture, he seemed to run out of steam, leaving us with no summary or conclusion.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

run out of steam

1. If a process or activity runs out of steam, it becomes weaker, slower, or less active, and often stops completely. Note: The following expressions refer to the use of steam to provide power for a machine, especially a steam engine. The promised economic recovery seems to have run out of steam. The campaign had finally run out of steam.
2. If you run out of steam, you lose energy or enthusiasm for something. Note: The following expressions refer to the use of steam to provide power for a machine, especially a steam engine. I was working well earlier but I seem to have run out of steam now.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

run out of (or lose) steam

lose impetus or enthusiasm. informal
1992 Jeff Torrington Swing Hammer Swing! Eventually I ran out of steam and came to a halt.
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run out of ˈsteam

(informal) lose the energy, enthusiasm, etc. that you had before: His presidential campaign began well but ran out of steam after a couple of months.
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run out of steam, to

To become weary; to exhaust one’s energy. Although steam engines were a nineteenth-century invention, this term comes from the mid-twentieth century. Dick Francis used it in Slayride (1973): “When I’d run out of steam, they would begin to nod.”
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