trickle out (of something or some place)

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trickle out (of something or some place)

1. Of a liquid, to flow, seep, or leak out (of something) in drops or in a thin stream. Aw man, water has started trickling out through a crack on the side of my water bottle. A strange-looking, foul-smelling liquid trickled out of the ancient sarcophagus.
2. Of people, to exit (from some place) gradually and in small numbers. Students began trickling out of the auditorium after the presentation was finished. I hate being the one to close up the concert hall. It's nearly midnight and people are only starting to trickle out.
3. Of some resource, especially money, to be exhausted or depleted gradually over time. It's been worrying seeing my meager savings trickle out as I search for a job. A consultant was brought in to help the company figure out places where funds are trickling out of their account.
4. Of some resource, to be released or become available (from something or some place) gradually and in small amounts. News about the CEO's replacement has been trickling out, but many are frustrated that the company hasn't been more forthright with the information. So far additional funding for our project has only trickled out of the head office, so we've been constrained in what we've been able to accomplish.
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trickle out

 (of something)
1. Lit. [for a liquid] to leak or dribble out of something or a place. The oil trickled out of the engine little by little. It trickled out and made a puddle on the floor.
2. Fig. [for someone or something] to go out of something or a place, a few at a time. The dissatisfied members of the audience trickled out of the theater three and four at a time. They trickled out as the evening wore on.
See also: out, trickle