dwindling away

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Noun1.dwindling away - a becoming gradually less; "there is no greater sadness that the dwindling away of a family"
decrease, lessening, drop-off - a change downward; "there was a decrease in his temperature as the fever subsided"; "there was a sharp drop-off in sales"
fading away - gradually diminishing in brightness or loudness or strength
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The white one with the rose comb had come and settled on the palings in front of the house, within a few yards of them, and his notes thrilled their ears through, dwindling away like echoes down a valley of rocks.
When we stopped to breathe, and I had time to see all about me, the clearness and sweetness of the night, the shapes of the hills like things asleep, and the fire dwindling away behind us, like a bright spot in the midst of the moor, anger would come upon me in a clap that I must still drag myself in agony and eat the dust like a worm.
The sun rose and sank, and rose and sank again, and many times after that; and still the boy lay stretched on his uneasy bed, dwindling away beneath the dry and wasting heat of fever.
But when 2-1 down in the final quarter, it appeared any chance of keeping pace at the top was dwindling away.
The action was in danger of dwindling away after the break but the introduction of Halliday sent Gers' tempo soaring.
Summary: Panaji, (Goa) [India] Apr 10 (ANI): The 1500 years old salt farming of rock salts in Goa is dwindling away as iodised versions of it are ruling the roost.
Tripp's side continued to plug away in the closing stages - but their playoff hopes were dwindling away with every second on the clock.
In the video, an object is seen to flare up before dwindling away.
"There's no value at the moment; it's sitting there and dwindling away with people hanging on, maybe hanging on to their own little CVs.
McLean is loving life in Asia and told MailSport: "Scottish football is dwindling away. I had a few offers to stay in the Premiership but it was the same old story.
The yellow metal is forecast to continue dwindling away due to the continuing strength of US shares and flight of fluidity to high-reward investments, even though the current prices are viewed as a good opportunity for purchasing, the report added.
Surely there is someone controlling the purse strings at the council that is conscious of it dwindling away and will have read this story and will have seen it like the public has - a waste of money.