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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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'The wounded, and wanting of sleep, and the pierced, kisses your worship's hands, ungrateful and very unrecognised fair one; and it said something or other about health and sickness that he was sending her; and from that it went tailing off until it ended with
"There may be a trifling matter of an inch or two; I'm no saying I'm just exactly what ye would call a tall man, whatever; and I dare say," he added, his voice tailing off in a laughable manner, "now when I come to think of it, I dare say ye'll be just about right.
The most lay silent, but some muttered to themselves, and others talked together in a strange, low, monotonous voice, their conversation coming in gushes, and then suddenly tailing off into silence, each mumbling out his own thoughts and paying little heed to the words of his neighbour.
Tenders are invited for Tailing off minor13 including earthwork excavation formation of embankment cc lining including construction of cd works from ch:1127.125m to 1160.00m of off taking @ch:16.05 km and tailing off minor14 including earthwork excavation formation of embankment cc lining including construction of cd works from ch:824.700m to 1590.00m of off taking @ch:17.72 km of dy4 of utp canal.
For instance, within five hours of lighting a single cigarette in one nonsmoking family' basement, the researchers found that the room's radon-daughter levels jumped about 25 percent-an increase that lasted roughly nine hours before tailing off. A second cigarette, lit 24 hours after the first, spiked daughter levels 40 percent.
Angus Craig's form shows no sign of tailing off as he captured the Saturday medal with a 67, second was Mark Pullman (69) with Martin Ramsden third with a 72.
Babe Rebecca Knight said: "The guy upfront that's scoring the goals can't be ahead of the last defender when the ball is passed forward, except from a throw-in or if the guy is scoring in his own half or is as close to the halfway line as he can be." Much like England's performance against South Korea on Tuesday, that sentence started well before tailing off into utter nonsense.
WHILE new car sales may be tailing off following successive interest rate hikes, sales of used cars again increased in July as dealers enticed even more customers onto the forecourt.
``But whilst energy levels in this grass are still good, the growth season is tailing off and grass fibre and protein levels are dropping.