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tail off

To dwindle, diminish, or fade away. His campaign started really strong, but following a series of scandals, public support for the candidate tailed off and he never got off the ground. The lights on the car began tailing off into the blackness of the night, leaving me alone in the empty field.
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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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It soon became apparent that those who had opposed the favourite were on the right track, as jockey Graham Lee never looked happy aboard the Gold Cup sixth, administering reminders at halfway before eventually accepting things and letting him tail off to finish fifth of the seven runners.
However, they've started to tail off a bit, and there's no crowd at Moss Rose.
I was considering K-State at one point, but talked to (Walker) and he said he was working his tail off to maybe go (to the NBA) next year, so that's when I came here,'' Mayo said.
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.
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.
Health minister Susan Deacon told the Scottish Parliament yesterday that it would then begin to tail off.