To fall away

To lose flesh; to become lean or emaciated; to pine.
To renounce or desert allegiance; to revolt or rebel.
To renounce or desert the faith; to apostatize.
To perish; to vanish; to be lost.
- Luke viii. 13.
To decline gradually; to fade; to languish, or become faint.
- Addison.

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All the tearing emotion of the last few hours seemed to fall away from her like a somber, uncomfortable garment, which she had but to loosen to be rid of.
Town need three to fall away and I just don't see it.
The specious defense that the campus war is only against Israel continues to fall away, revealing base anti-Semitism.
The football nation has been waiting for Leicester to fall away but that point has surely not arrived just yet.
Everton would effectively be looking for two teams from any of Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham or Aston Villa to fall away.
This method avoids internal disturbance or pressure on the material and allows for discharge at any opening where the load is permitted to fall away from the flights.
Picture, MARC KIRSTEN Helicopter flight courtesy of www.heliflight.co.uk' Residents and business owners on the banks of the Severn were breathing a sigh of relief yesterday as these flood waters began to fall away. Swollen rivers produced some astonishing scenes around Tewkesbury, where the Severn and the Avon burst their banks.
The VDT (Velocity Drop-Away Technology) feature allows the rest to fall away only when the bow is fired.
They use permanent magnets--high-density ceramic or optional rare earth magnets--to separate ferrous debris from wood material by holding the tramp iron and embedded metal scrap against the conveyor belt and allowing it to fall away from the underside of the conveyor after the clean wood products have been discharged.
We don't want the season to fall away. We have to win seven of our last nine games to have a chance of reaching the play-offs and that is a tall order.
However, the market turned sour over the remaining nine months, as volumes from traditional markets began to fall away. Changes taking place at the fundamental level forced latex prices to undergo a process of adjustment, marking 2004 as the end of a short lived era of high and rising prices.
As for higher ed professionals poised on the precipice of a system with band-aids about to fall away, this would probably be a good time to reassess core mission.