taper off

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Related to taper off: reinstate, regardless of, ameliorating
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Verb1.taper off - end weakly; "The music just petered out--there was no proper ending"
discontinue - come to or be at an end; "the support from our sponsoring agency will discontinue after March 31"
2.taper off - become smaller or less active; "Business tapered off"
narrow, contract - make or become more narrow or restricted; "The selection was narrowed"; "The road narrowed"

w>taper off

(lit)spitz zulaufen, sich zuspitzen; (vase)sich verjüngen; (road, trousers)sich verengen
(fig: = decrease gradually) → langsam aufhören; (numbers)langsam zurückgehen; (production)langsam auslaufen
vt sep edgeabschrägen; end of plank, stick etczuspitzen; (fig) productionzurückschrauben; (= bring to an end)langsam auslaufen lassen
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26 (Petra) -- The cold spell which brought significant amounts of rain and snow across the Kingdom over the past two days will start to taper off as of Tuesday night but very biting cold will prevail in most parts of the Kingdom.
8% in 2010, but growth will taper off in 2011 because of a weak global outlook and the phasing out of government stimulus programmes, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Transfer all powers to the existing Scottish Parliament, abolish all the Scottish Parliamentary seats (including Gordon Brown's and Alastair Darling's) and taper off the Westminster subsidies to Scotland over the next five years.
Whether oil prices remain high or taper off, oil companies are spending on exploration and production.
5) That could be because the women didn't taper off slowly enough, the authors suggest.
Construction starts and completions continue to taper off, which has helped stabilize vacancy rates, particularly in CBD markets.
His voice would swell or taper off, depending on the phrase.
At a nest's founding, fights are furious but eventually taper off into ritualized encounters.
Leydenjar, 2002, has bundled forms--whose cross sections resemble speech bubbles in blue, red, and black--that taper off to their vanishing point.
Conditioning gains for the untrained runner can be enormous in the early stages of running, but these inevitably taper off, as you become fitter.
Continued optimism was not as strong as growth in these markets is expected to taper off, and in some cases turn downward in 1995.