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tail off

To dwindle, diminish, or fade away. 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.
See also: off, tail

tail after

To follow along after someone or something, especially in a diligent, dutiful, or persistent manner. We set out on our hike for the day with the three kids tailing after us. I tailed after the suspect for nearly four hours to figure out where he was stashing the stolen goods. Jimmy idolizes his big brother, always tailing after him wherever he goes.
See also: after, tail

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.
See also: away, tail

tail into (something)

To flow into, converge with, or connect to something by or at the end. The financial presentation tailed into a discussion about possible ways of boosting revenue. The iconic river winds its way through the center of the city, eventually tailing into the harbor that was once the country's primary point of commerce. The coffee starts with an intense caramel flavor that tails into that of dark chocolate.
See also: tail

tail down

To dwindle, diminish, or fade down; to become weaker, smaller, or less active. As is typical, shares for the company began to tail down shortly after the massive spike yesterday. After the number of applicants continued tailing down year after year, the competition launched a huge marketing campaign to spark new interest in the public.
See also: down, tail

tail out (from something)

To lead away from something like a tail. The venue already had a huge line of people tailing out an hour after tickets went up for sale. The string of controversies that has tailed out of this administration is shameful.
See also: out, tail

fishtail

Of a vehicle, for its rear to slide erratically from side to side on the road (likened to a fish's tail moving back and forth). The roads are pretty icy today, and I saw a couple of cars fishtail coming around that corner.

tail after someone

Fig. to follow after someone. Why do you always have to tail after me? There is someone tailing after you.
See also: after, tail

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.
See also: off, tail

tail off

Also, tail away. Diminish gradually, subside, as in The fireworks tailed off into darkness. [Mid-1800s]
See also: off, tail

tail after

v.
To follow someone or something: The ducklings tailed after their mother. The detective tailed after the suspected criminal.
See also: after, tail

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

fishtail

in. [for the rear of a car] to whip back and forth like a fish moving its tail. The caddy fishtailed on the curb and almost spun around.
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The substantially increased recovery ratio in the tailings retreatment at Los Santos is a remarkable achievement.
The purpose of Montana Resources proposal to raise the impoundments western embankment is to accommodate additional tailings storage for future mine production.
This entails formal TSF audits once or twice a year by a Corporate Tailings Engineer, a TSF specialist that reports to the Executive Vice President: Group Planning and Technical.
Looking ahead, BHP said the International Council of Mining & Metals, Principles for Responsible Investment, and United Nations Environment Programme have agreed to lead a review to establish an international standard for the safe management of tailings dams that can be applied to all tailings dams wherever they are located and whoever operates them.
'There isn't a lack of knowledge, though unfortunately there aren't too many experts around in this field and people who profess to be experts unfortunately may not have a full understanding of the intricacies of tailings.'
Commenting on the new solution and partnership, Paul Gudonis, president of Inmarsat Enterprise, said, "We have been working with Knight Piesold's UK practice since 2017 to develop an approach to tailings dam monitoring that supports smarter, safer and more regulated mining practices.
Table 1 shows the geotechnical characterization and classification of tailings according to the classification system of TRB (Transportation Research Board).
Anionic polyacrylamide (APAM) is a widely used organic polymer flocculent in tailings thickening and shows good performance and high efficiency at low cost, particularly in the treatment of fine particles [9,10].
Mandre, "Recovery of ultra-fine iron ore from iron ore tailings," Transactions of the Indian Institute of Metals, vol.
The leaching study was performed in laboratory to investigate the migration of heavy metals from the tailings. Each column was loaded with 50 g tailings and saturated with deionized water.
The Phoenix operation consists of a 30,000tpm Chrome Tailings Retreatment Plant which was commissioned in November 2011 and reached full production in May 2012.
The Aurora tailings pond did not receive environmental approval until June 2007.
The new tailings pond in lead and zinc mine "Sasa" will be built by all standards to be safe for the citizens of Makedonska Kamenica and the region, stressed Maksim Prohorov Director for Development and Investments in "Sasa" mine, stressing that a set of technical documents and international scientific experiences were used for preventing any negative influence, especially on underground waters and pollution.
The phreatic line is one of the most important factors affecting the stability of the tailings dam [17].
A long-term research project at Laurentian University is showing promise in using mine tailings to grow crops for biomass.