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tail away

To dwindle, diminish, or fade away; to become fainter or weaker. He started talking about the tax code, but he tailed away when he realized no one was listening. The music from the radio tailed away as the car drove off. Once famous for creating a huge range of innovative devices, the company's ideas seem to have started tailing away in recent years.
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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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Wolves were in the top two for a large part of the season, only to tail away right at the end by winning just twice in the last nine league games.
But rather than tail away, Collingwood and Shah kept the tempo up with clever cricket rather than bludgeoning the ball.
The Bees had a late sting in their tail away at Westcombe Park to secure a crucial bonus point victory to the relief of assistant head coach Eugene Martin.
I just feel that we couldn't ever match what we've achieved this year and I don't want it to tail away."
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At 11.30am on Sunday, September 17, 1944, they were being towed in a Horsa glider over Somerset towards Arnhem, when it is believed an explosion inside the glider broke the tail away from the fuselage which crashed in a field at Double Hills on the outskirts of Paulton village, ten miles south of Bristol.
They usually get off to a flying start, top the league and then tail away in the second half of the season.