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tail off

to dwindle to nothing. The number of people filing for unemployment insurance is beginning to tail off. As the storms tailed off, we began to realize how much damage had been done.
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tail off

Also, tail away. Diminish gradually, subside, as in The fireworks tailed off into darkness. [Mid-1800s]
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But while removing AIDS-tainted blood will stop new blood-related transmission, the incidence of blood-associated AIDS is expected to tail off slowly, since AIDS can appear more than five years after receipt of contaminated blood(SN:5/25/85, p.
Though we anticipate growth rates to tail off going forward, cable and DSL providers face considerable opportunity in the fight for market share.
I missed a game, missed a week, so just have to come back and work my tail off the same way I did in camp and get it back.
This report expects value growth in the CCTV market to tail off before 2008, owing to market maturity, falling prices and more economical methods of installation.
Health minister Susan Deacon told the Scottish Parliament yesterday that it would then begin to tail off.
9 hitter with two out after you worked your tail off to get that second out," Weaver said.
5 billion but will tail off after that; while spend on business data networking services will increase from EUR23.
But there is no doubt that the ensemble works its collective tail off, and any slow spots are livened up by an acrobatic elf named Dizzy (sadly uncredited in the program) who engages the audience at every opportunity.