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trail away

To dwindle, diminish, or fade away; to become fainter or weaker. Used especially, though not exclusively, in reference to speech or music. He started talking about the tax code, but trailed away when he realized no one was listening. The music from the radio trailed away as the car got farther from the house. The company's innovative ideas gave birth to a huge range of devices, but seem to have started trailing away in recent years.
See also: away, trail
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With clear skies you might see some bright meteors trailing away from Gemini in all directions, at a rate of about one per minute.
Many had taken on tear-drop shapes, with their dust and gas trailing away from a nearby massive star.
I pondered the matter, then decided that the best solution was to leave the machine on an ample window sill, with the flex trailing away from it along the floor to a plug point.
I just wanted to help but when I got here, there was nothing I could do," he said, his voice trailing away at the memory of the gruesome sight.
That sort of mud--cloudy, fading out--indicates that the mullet have been working the area for some time, sending clouds of silt trailing away downwind.
Normally I would have fled seeing the size of the line trailing away from the counter, but this was a lunch hour (hence the crush, I suppose).
With 12 games to go, I'm confident we can finish off the season by going on a good run rather than trailing away.
He was so concerned that he went out but there was no one to be seen, although he could still hear the growling noise trailing away.
This is the last one," he said, his voice trailing away as I breathed a sigh of relief.
KOFI ANNAN wears in his lapel a small silver dove, in its beak a green olive branch trailing away toward his tie.
I look up and see a long line of such markers trailing away into the snowy flatness.
A tangled nest of filaments trailing away from the center of the bubble was reminiscent of the densest knots in the Veil Nebula.
After trailing away at Moseley by 34 (Steve Ballard 21-7), they won by eight (Ray Broadfield 21-8, Mick Fellows 21-11, Pete Williams 21-13).
Nora Owen is trailing away back down the field at 100-1.