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tail away

To dwindle, diminish, or fade away; to become fainter or weaker. Used especially, though not solely, in reference to speech or music. He started talking about the tax code, but tailed away when he realized no one was listening. The music from the radio tailed away as the car pulled away from the house. Once famous for creating a huge range of innovative devices, the company's ideas seem to have started tailing away in recent years.
See also: away, tail

tail away

or tail off
v.
1. To diminish gradually; dwindle or subside: The singer's voice tails away at the end of the song. The fireworks tailed off into darkness.
2. Sports To veer from a straight course. Used of a ball that has been hit or thrown: The pitcher snapped his wrist when throwing the ball, and it tailed away as it approached home plate. The wind caused the football to tail off and the receiver couldn't catch it. The uneven table caused the pool ball to tail off.
See also: away, tail
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After seeing their outside chance of the play-offs disappear last month, the Seagulls have seen the season tail away, having taken only three points from their last six games.
I want to stop when I have a decision to make rather than tail away.
I don't think I have any worries that the season will tail away for us now, I really don't.
And it correctly states: "Ailerons allow us to tilt/bank the airplane so that a downward force of the horizontal stabilizer and elevator can be increased and applied horizontally pushing the tail away from the intended turn direction and thus push the nose in the turn direction around the center of gravity.
3 per cent recorded in the first six months of the year should tail away quite so dramatically as the IEA suggests it will.
It was therefore always to be expected that demand would tail away over the subsequent 12 months.
Malinga, who was winning the championship for a second year running after his success with Hetton Lyons last year, picked up 5-25 as he bowled unchanged, and Matthew Sampson-Barnes swept the tail away with 3-8 as Norton collapsed to 54 all out in just 20 overs.