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:
References in classic literature ?
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.
They usually get off to a flying start, top the league and then tail away in the second half of the season.
James Anderson and Stuart Broad celebrate after their new ball burst blew Australia's tail away yesterday morning PHILIP BROWN