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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.
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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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Madagascan President Andry Rajoelina chartered a 480-seater plane to take fans to Egypt, and the travelling support were soon rejoicing when Amada blasted a sensational 25-yard strike that tailed away from Ley Matampi and flew in off the post.The jubilant celebrations were halted midway through the first half though when Bakambu slipped free of the Madagascar centre-backs to glance in Glody Ngonda's bending cross.
Luke O'Nien hit a fierce shot which just tailed away from the goal and when Morgan drove into the area and fed George Honeyman, it took a desperate block to keep the shot out.
With the bat too, he tailed away, managing just 38 in six innings.
And as he tailed away, Reading's defenders must have rolled their eyes.
But the hosts then tailed away badly while Edinburgh grew in confidence, with centre Chris Dean crossing to seal the spoils as he added to Blair Kinghorn's first half effort.
Fairweather said: "It has been a disappointing end to the season and we have tailed away after getting ourselves into contention.
He looked a serious challenger for Masters glory when starting 67-68 at Augusta and while he tailed away at the weekend, he still finished ninth.
"It tailed away a little bit,'' Saltalamacchia said.
England's innings also tailed away slightly, after Edwards' departure with the score on 140 for one.
I never holed the key putts I needed to on that front nine and it just tailed away.
David Swann made 46 in response and Stuart Rank 31, but Clayton's innings then tailed away with Andy Alsop taking four for 45.
No-one has given up or tailed away. We will keep fighting for the points."
As Cov's effort tailed away and errors crept in, Mark Jennings crossed in the right corner to put Park in front and when Cov spilled the ball in one final attempt to redeem themselves, Park broke to the right for Mike Dutton to race away to the posts for a try which, converted by Parrott, gave them their bonus point and took one away from the deflated hosts.
Far from kicking on after early success, Sreesanth has tailed away, and only a lack of competition sees him returning time and again.