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tail off


tail away

(adverb, usually intr) to decrease or cause to decrease in quantity, degree, etc, esp gradually: his interest in collecting stamps tailed off over the years.
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يَتَضاءَل تَدْريجِيّايَتَضاءَل، يَخِف، يَخْفِت
rozplývat sevytrácet sezmenšovat se
aftageblive svageredale
deyja/fjara útminnka smám saman
vytrácať sazanikaťzmenšovať sa
azalarak kaybolmakgittikçe azalmak

w>tail off

(= diminish)abnehmen, schrumpfen; (interest)abflauen, abnehmen, schwinden; (sounds)sich verlieren, schwächer werden; (sentence)mittendrin abbrechen; his voice tailed off into silenceseine Stimme wurde immer schwächer, bis sie schließlich verstummte
(= deteriorate)sich verschlechtern, nachlassen; the article tailed off into a jumble of figuresder Artikel war zum Schluss nur noch ein Gewirr von Zahlen
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(teil) noun
1. the part of an animal, bird or fish that sticks out behind the rest of its body. The dog wagged its tail; A fish swims by moving its tail.
2. anything which has a similar function or position. the tail of an aeroplane/comet.
to follow closely. The detectives tailed the thief to the station.
having a (certain size, type etc of) tail. a black-tailed duck; a long-tailed dog.
tails noun, adverb
(on) the side of a coin that does not have the head of the sovereign etc on it. He tossed the coin and it came down tails.
a call showing that a person has chosen that side of the coin when tossing a coin to make a decision etc.
ˌtail-ˈend noun
the very end or last part. the tail-end of the procession.
ˈtail-light noun
the (usually red) light on the back of a car, train etc. He followed the tail-lights of the bus.
tail wind
a wind coming from behind. We sailed home with a tail wind.
tail off
1. to become fewer, smaller or weaker (at the end). His interest tailed off towards the end of the film.
2. (also tail away) (of voices etc) to become quieter or silent. His voice tailed away into silence.
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References in classic literature ?
"There are two; then that piqu, is all right, if you cut the tail off the jacket and change the trimming a bit.
A CRUEL pet owner cut the tail off his goldfish with a pair of scissors because he was "bored" after a day of boozing.
There is no way I will allow the side to tail off. It wouldn't be fair."