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tail off

To dwindle, diminish, or fade away; to become fainter or weaker. His campaign started really strong, but public support for the candidate tailed off following a series of scandals. The lights on the car began tailing off into the blackness of the night, leaving me alone in the empty field. He started talking about the tax code, but he tailed off when he realized no one was listening.
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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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There have been a spate of shootings in Birmingham in the past six months, although the launch of Operation Ventara by the police to target Yardies and gun crime has seen the number of incidents tail off.
Blank.' My man Paul here, [Paul Gordon, the building's manager] is my ambassador to the tenants, and he works his tail off.
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.
Bagunas then worked his tail off in the defensive end, rising up to deny Arnold Bautista for the winner.
Coventry breeder Lee Coulson claimed that the thugs had attempted to cut the puppy's ears and tail off. He said it was "terrifying to think what that poor dog went through".