be slipping

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be slipping

To be deteriorating in quality or performance. This dish tastes strange—I think the chef is slipping.
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be ˈslipping

(informal) (of somebody’s behaviour or performance) not be as good, tidy, efficient, etc. as usual; not be up to somebody’s usual high standard: You’re slipping, Edwina: this letter is full of typing errors.That’s three times he’s beaten me — I must be slipping!
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References in classic literature ?
The precious moments were slipping away, but he had forgotten everything that he had meant to say to her and could only helplessly brood on the mystery of their remoteness and their proximity, which seemed to be symbolised by the fact of their sitting so close to each other, and yet being unable to see each other's faces.