To fizzle out

to burn with a hissing noise and then go out, like wet gunpowder;
to fail completely and ridiculously; to prove a failure.

See also: fizzle, fizzle

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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"Every attacking opportunity seemed to fizzle out with backwards passing.
Mine always seem to fizzle out Mine always seem to fizzle out and I never really understand and I never really understand what went wrong.
And even though Hearts are in superb form and mounting a challenge to the Old Firm which is exciting yet sure to fizzle out before too long, it's hard to think of a solid case for swerving the Gers.
FRESH questions were raised over the future of Labour Chairman Charles Clarke last night after he allowed the Labour Party conference to fizzle out without celebration.