tail off

tail off
tail off
To become gradually less or fewer
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Main Entry:tail

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ˌtail ˈoff [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they tail off he/she/it tails off present participle tailing off past tense tailed off past participle tailed off] phrasal verb
tail off variant tail away variant to become quieter, weaker, or smaller

Her voice tailed off.

Thesaurus: to become less in size, amount or valuesynonym to become, or to make something weakersynonym
Main entry: tail

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tail off (or away)
gradually diminish in amount, strength, or intensity

the economic boom was beginning to tail off

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tail off [phrasal verb]
: to become smaller or quieter in a gradual way

Our productivity tailed off last year.

She started to ask a question and then her voice tailed off. [=trailed off]

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Main Entry:tail

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ˌtail aˈway/ˈoff derived
(especially BrE) to become smaller or weaker

The number of tourists tails off in October.

‘But why…?’ Her voice tailed away.

Main entry:tailderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • tail off — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms tail off : present tense I/you/we/they tail off he/she/it tails off present participle tailing off past tense tailed off past participle tailed off tail off or tail away to become quieter, weaker, or smaller …   English dictionary

  • tail-off — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms tail off : singular tail off plural tail offs the process of slowly becoming smaller in amount a tail off in profits …   English dictionary

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  • tail off — verb to gradually subside or diminish; to tail away …   Wiktionary

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