tail away

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1. The hindmost part of something:
2. Something that follows or is drawn along behind:
3. Informal. An agent assigned to observe and report on another:
Informal. To keep (another) under surveillance by moving along behind:
Informal: bird-dog.
phrasal verb
tail away or off
To grow or cause to grow gradually less:
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He had a habit, Mary remarked, and she had never noticed it so clearly before, of letting his sentences tail away in a continuous murmur, whereupon he passed into a state of abstraction, presumed by his children to indicate some train of thought too profound for utterance.
Jacob finished with 3-19 from his four overs and Tyler Ibbotson helped blow the tail away with 3-2 off 3.4 overs, the last wicket skittling Smethwick out for 61.
Teams who tail away at the end of a campaign can carry that form into the next one - just ask Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion.