Definition of tail off (or away) in English:

tail off (or away)

phrasal verb

  • Gradually diminish in amount, strength, or intensity.

    ‘the economic boom was beginning to tail off’
    • ‘But if the upper speed limit tails off more gradually, then other factors are more likely responsible.’
    • ‘Police today confirmed that the number of calls has tailed off considerably over the weekend.’
    • ‘Then the wind shifted to the west, the rain tailed off and the layers of cloud above diminished.’
    • ‘I think my blog has developed into a bit of both - and this has made me realise that the passionate views I expressed at the beginning have begun to tail off.’
    • ‘Gold is dropping and redemptions from retirement accounts have tailed off.’
    • ‘What was very interesting was that action had been tailing off until Peter tried a dead trout as bait.’
    • ‘I'm willing to concede that a few of the dozen tunes might be rewrites of songs I have heard before, and the songcraft audibly tails off in the final few tracks.’
    • ‘Typical of diaries - you start all keen then it tails off!’
    • ‘We tail off weakly at the end, not knowing what to do next.’
    • ‘However, with sales beginning to tail off and that once-fresh styling beginning to age, it was time to bring it into corporate line.’
    • ‘‘Don't bother,’ I said with my voice tailing off.’
    • ‘A worrying question for the city's fathers and economic development experts is - what happens if one of the city's biggest sources of employment growth tails off?’
    • ‘The discussion gradually tails off as the wiki entry now represents the shared knowledge of the community represented by the discussion participants.’
    • ‘It could be worth putting your property on the market sooner rather than later, in case demand does tail off in the short term and the market weakens over the coming months.’
    • ‘I used Avant for a few weeks, but my usage gradually tailed off.’
    • ‘For normal papers, the rate of citation peaks in the second to fourth years after publication and gradually tails off thereafter.’
    • ‘After the back injury in 1989, Nava's attendance started to tail off.’
    • ‘Initially people joined, and then, over the months of 1993, the numbers of people signing up tailed off and dropped.’
    • ‘He taught himself through books, but his reading tailed off a bit because of his gardening.’
    • ‘His voice tails off, his attention clearly drawn to the television blaring out the lunchtime news in the background.’
    fade, wane, ebb, dwindle, decrease, lessen, get less, diminish, decline, subside, abate, drop off, drop away, fall away, peter out, taper off
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