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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
References in classic literature ?
'Oh good gracious me I hope you never kept yourself a bachelor so long on my account!' tittered Flora; 'but of course you never did why should you, pray don't answer, I don't know where I'm running to, oh do tell me something about the Chinese ladies whether their eyes are really so long and narrow always putting me in mind of mother-of-pearl fish at cards and do they really wear tails down their back and plaited too or is it only the men, and when they pull their hair so very tight off their foreheads don't they hurt themselves, and why do they stick little bells all over their bridges and temples and hats and things or don't they really do it?' Flora gave him another of her old glances.
Farther east in the mountain villages, sheep (tails down) and goats (tails up) still skip about at ease and hens stutter across the street.
Tails up or tails down is one way to differentiate between sheep and goats.
The scientists found that before outbreaks of biting, pigs increasingly held their tails down against their bodies.
Above each lock and dam is a lake that tails down into more riverlike conditions before it reaches the next impounded area.
Trams would have to be chasing each others' tails down the valley just to equal what we have now, let alone improve on it.
Black and white timber houses overlook village greens, cows twitch their tails down dreaming lanes, a heftyhanded, ruddy-faced farm lad is teased by the full-bodied milk maid in the red barn.
Add the okra and then top with the squid, pushing their tails down into the sauce.
Running with noses to the ground and tails down, they were obviously hunting, fanning out as they crossed our field into the property down the slope.
We have had a bit of a slip-up in recent weeks but we do not go into the game with our tails down.
Kaguta Museveni of Uganda- coiled with their tails down to their feet in fear before Western aggression.
Interestingly, both cats and dogs will tuck their tails down around or between their legs to show submission.
Blunt kickflip to fakie on the quarterpipe, back tails down the rail, and finished up his last run with a blunt fakie on the big vert wall--by far the gnarliest thing to go down on that wall.