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seep away

1. Literally, of a gas or liquid, to flow out and escape from (something) gradually but steadily, as through a leak, crack, puncture, etc. There must have be a leak in the oil tank of the car, because it keeps seeping away onto the driveway. Make sure you close the valve tight on that jar—we don't want any of the gas to seep away.
2. By extension, to dwindle or disappear gradually but steadily. The goodwill he had earned with his employers began seeping away after he started showing up to work late. Once the undisputed kings of Hollywood, the movie studios good fortunes began to seep away after a series of poor business decisions.
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seep in(to something)

To flow or leak in(to something) gradually but steadily. I realized there was a fire downstairs when I noticed smoke seeping into our bedroom. I made sure to make the container airtight so no moisture seeps in.
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seep out

1. Of a liquid, gel, paste, etc., to leak or flow out of some crack, breach, or flaw in something. I realized there was a fire downstairs when I noticed smoke seeping into our bedroom. I made sure to make the container airtight so no moisture seeps in.
2. To become known to those from whom (something) was supposed to remain secret or classified. The senator always held himself up as a beacon of moral standards, but as rumors and details of his infidelities and substances abuses seeped out, he eventually became a pariah among his constituents. News of the merger seeped out months before the two companies made a formal announcement about it.
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seep away

[for a fluid] to escape little by little, as through a leak. All the oil seeped away, leaving none in the engine. The water seeped away after a while.
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seep in (to something)

[for a fluid] to trickle or leak out of something. Water is seeping into the basement. Water is seeping in very slowly.
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seep out (of something)

[for a fluid] to trickle or leak out of something. A lot of oil has seeped out of the car onto the driveway. There is oil seeping out. There must be a leak.
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seep through something

[for a fluid] to permeate something and escape. The oil seeped through the gasket onto the ground. Some water seeped through the ceiling, ruining our carpet as well as the ceiling.
See also: seep, through

seep out

v.
1. To escape or pass slowly through small openings or pores: I think that gas is seeping out through a crack in the tank.
2. To become known to the public through a breach of secrecy: The details they refused to talk about will eventually seep out to the press.
See also: out, seep
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Forty-nine percent (N = 17) of seeps and 54% of drainages (N = 17) had some evidence of pig disturbance.
We need to re-think the boundary," he said, "of where a vent begins or a seep ends.
With this critical information, the SUIT could prioritize the seep areas that would be capped for safety, along with those that would be capped for future gas production activity.
At this site numerous small seeps are located along both sides of White Oak Creek on a sandy terrace about 400 m east of the Illinois River.
Little is known about the hydrocarbon seep community located in GC354, except that it is a small, "standard" upper-middle continental slope seep site, characterized by mussel and tubeworm colonies (R.
innards and the city itself seep out' to reveal the anthropomorphized 'object-like qualities' of a human body.
The hot hydrothermal vents are a much more vigorous, variable and ephemeral environment than the cold hydrocarbon seeps," says Penn State biologist Charles Fisher.
12 billion tons of seawater seeps under Earth's crust a year.
Gas hydrate, they have found, is an integral part of seeps.
Escarpia spicata occurs at cold-water sulfide seeps along the Louisiana Slope (9), southern California (type locality is Navy Fan, South San Clemente Basin) (6), Gulf of California (7), and in soft sediments near hydrothermal vents in the Guaymas Basin (7).
Crude oil also seeps onto the soil at Oil Springs where, unlike the aquatic seeps, it does not wash away.
Still further, sun seeps into soil, a ripening of seed and fruit.
He is a member of the Institute's board of examiners and the SEePS peer review committee--and was the committee's 1986 to 1987 chair.
The study was conducted near Norways Svalbard Islands, above several seafloor methane seeps.
Oil seeps have created a "sheen" with a volume of 400 to 650 barrels of oil on the ocean in the area, which lies 370 kilometers northeast of Rio de Janeiro.