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run out of gas
1. Literally, to near the end of one's supply of gas in a car or other vehicle. I'm running out of gas, so we need to stop before we get on the highway.
2. By extension, to lose one's energy, motivation, or enthusiasm to continue doing something. After spending hours working on this project, I'm running out of gas—can we take a break?
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run out of gasmainly AMERICAN
If you run out of gas, you suddenly feel tired and lose energy or interest in what you are doing, and so you stop or fail. Miller, who missed second place by four seconds, said she `ran out of gas' close to the finish. The government's plan has run out of gas. Compare with run out of steam. Note: The image here is of a car stopping because it has run out of gas, or, in British English, petrol.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
run out of gasrun out of energy; lose momentum. North American informal
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run out of gas
in. to lose momentum or interest. I hope I don’t run out of gas before I finish what I set out to do.
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